BC schools will close early on eclipse day

Parents with children in the Bacon County school system should start making plans now for an early release day next Monday, August 21, due to the solar eclipse.

“The solar eclipse will occur during our regular dismissal times,” said BC Superintendent of Schools Judy Rowland. “We will follow an early release schedule to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We feel it is in the best interest for everyone to be off the buses and roads during the actual eclipse. Our number one goal is the safety of our students and staff.”

The solar eclipse — a lineup of the sun, the moon, and Earth — will reach its maximum peak in Bacon County around 2:44 p.m. The event will begin around 1:15 and last until approximately 4:08. Although this will be a total eclipse of the sun in some parts of the U.S. and in north Georgia, only a partial eclipse will be visible from Bacon County.

“This is a wonderful educational moment for all of us no matter where we live,” said Superintendent Rowland. “but it can also be dangerous if one looks directly at the sun. Please do not attempt to observe any phase of the eclipse with the naked eye.”

“Failure to use appropriate eye protection may result in permanent eye damage or even blindness, For more information on safety during the solar eclipse, please go to http://bit.ly.2vjfV3g.”

A sack lunch will be served a the school on Monday.

BC School District Early Release Schedule

• BCPS - 11:30 a.m.

• BCES - 11:45 a.m.

•BCMS/HS - 12:05 p.m.