Middle Tennessee schools preparing for solar eclipse

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The April 8 solar eclipse will happen as kids head home from school, so Rutherford County Schools decided to cancel classes.

Director of Schools Dr. James “Jimmy” Sullivan explained the district’s view to prioritize safety in a video posted on its Facebook page.

The announcement has brought both positive and negative reaction from parents. Some parents want to spend time with their kids for the event, and others are concerned with finding childcare for their children.

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Meredith Brown is planning to take her Rutherford County Schools second-grader out of town for the event. She applauds the district’s decision to cancel classes for the day, but understands how this can cause inconvenience for other parents. Her daughter was only one year old during the 2017 solar eclipse.

“Listen, we are all into eclipse type things,” Brown said. “We had family over for a cookout and watched the eclipse from our back patio.”

Sumner County Schools has not listed any changes for April 8, but News 2 did speak with a parent who is planning to take her child out of school that day.

“Just from him asking me if he can stay home, so we can watch it together,” Sumner County parent Holli Byrd said. “We enjoy those experiences as a family.”

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Bryd’s son, Austin, is a freshman in high school and vaguely remembers the 2017 solar eclipse. He is very excited to see this year’s event and his mother hopes Sumner County Schools will look into following Rutherford County’s lead in canceling classes.

Metro Nashville Public Schools plans to provide instructional materials and lesson plans to schools. The district also will provide solar glasses to students and staff, so they can safely watch and participate in this event.

Middle Tennessee will only catch a partial view of the eclipse. To learn more about this year’s eclipse, click here.

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