Local schools adjust schedule for solar eclipse

Solar eclipse 2017 is a big deal, but worthy of school closures
Posted at 4:13 PM, Aug 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-20 12:34:47-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - Many school districts in our area are adjusting student's schedules around Monday's solar eclipse.

Valdosta schools will be closed Monday and a number of districts are releasing students early. Those schedules are as follows:

Leon County

Hanna further states that out of an abundance of caution, the district made the decision to adjust dismissal times for schools on Monday, August 21, 2017:

  • high schools at 12:50 p.m.
  • elementary schools 3:30 p.m.
  • middle schools at 4:10 p.m.

Additionally, all outdoor afternoon activities are to be postponed or held indoors until 4:00 p.m.

Parents are advised work with their child's school to address any early pick-ups or excused absences.

Wakulla County

Due to safety concerns during the eclipse, students release times are as follows:

  • High School 12:00 p.m. 
  • Middle School 12:20 p.m. 
  • Elementary 4:10 p.m. 
  • PreK 3:45 p.m.

Parents are welcome to pick up their children at anytime. 

Lowndes County

The timing of the eclipse will coincide with dismissal time for our elementary students.  The safety of our students is a priority in the Lowndes County School System, and we considered various options surrounding the solar eclipse.  As a precautionary measure we will dismiss school early on Monday, 8/21/17 at the following times:

Elementary Schools:  1st Load – 11:30 am    2nd Load – 12:00 pm

Middle Schools – 12:30 pm

Lowndes High School & Parker Mathis Learning Center – 12:00 pm

To prevent eye damage, no one should look directly at the eclipse. To learn more about the solar eclipse, visit or