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NO SCHOOL Aug. 21 due to ECLIPSE

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Like a snow day, it doesn’t happen very often, but an upcoming unusual weather event has officially resulted in a day off of school.

The Bullitt County Public School Board unanimously voted to make Monday, Aug. 21, a professional development day for the BCPS system, due primarily to the total solar eclipse event.

While teachers may have professional development opportunities on that day, students will not be in class.

Becky Sexton, BCPS assistant superintendent for support services, said there was much discussion prior to the board meeting with school-level administrators, department personnel and Bullitt County Education Association president Kim Ludwig.

Sexton said the change also met with needs and requests of both school and community members.

“This will allow students and staff members the opportunity to take full advantage of this rare educational opportunity to view the solar eclipse,” Sexton said.

The professional development day was officially switched on the school calendar with a previously-scheduled professional development day on Feb. 2, 2018. That day will now become an instructional day, with students and teachers attending classes.

The eclipse will not be a total solar eclipse event in Bullitt County as it will be for areas in southwestern Kentucky, primarily around the city of Hopkinsville. Locally, the moon will eclipse about 92 percent of the sun.

The actual eclipse event is scheduled to begin about 1 p.m. local time on Monday, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 2:28 p.m. and the overall event ending before 4 p.m.

After the possible closing of classes was announced on Friday by The Pioneer News, the reaction was mixed on its Facebook page.

For more information on the school closings call 869-8000.