Bibb Schools announces delayed dismissal for solar eclipse viewing

Bibb to release students late on August 21

Bibb County Schools announced Tuesday that it will delay dismissal of all schools by 45 minutes on Monday, August 21.

Normal release begins with high schools at 2:35 p.m., then elementary at 3:20 p.m. and middle schools at 4:05 p.m.

The new release times that day will be high schools at 3:20 p.m., elementary schools at 4:05 p.m. and middle schools at 4:50 p.m.

A news release says the decision was made with the safety of students in mind because peak exposure time will be during standard dismissal time.

Pamela Hauck has a student in Pre-K at Porter elementary. She thinks the district made the right decision to hold students. 

"A lot of them don't know that risk of looking up, so we don't want to damage anyone's eyes," Hauck said. 

The extra time in the classroom will give students the opportunity to learn all about the eclipse. Hauck hopes other districts will follow Bibb County's example. 

"I think they should look into it because you want to keep your kids safe," Hauck said. 

Schools will share more information with parents prior to the eclipse date.

Click here for complete coverage of the eclipse.

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