Monroe County Schools announced that it will dismiss all schools early on Monday, August 21 due to the solar eclipse.

A news release says the decision was made with concerns about students' eye safety.

The new release times that day will be:

MPHS Freshman Campus/MCAC 11:35 a.m. (bus riders), 11:35 a.m. (car riders)

MPHS Main Campus 11:45 a.m. (bus riders), 11:45 a.m. (car riders)

MCMS- Banks Stephens Campus 12:00 p.m. (bus riders), 11:50 a.m. (car riders)

MCMS- Hubbard Campus 11:45 a.m. (bus riders), 11:45 a.m. (car riders)

Elementary Schools 12:15 p.m. (bus riders), 12:00 p.m. (car riders)

All extra-curricular activities scheduled for this date after 4 p.m. will proceed as scheduled. After school programs at each elementary school will be canceled.

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