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MNPS explains decision to keep students in school during solar eclipse

Metro Nashville Public Schools officials say the decision to keep kids in school on the day of the upcoming solar eclipse was at the urging of Mayor Megan Barry. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Metro Nashville Public Schools officials say the decision to keep kids in school on the day of the upcoming solar eclipse was at the urging of Mayor Megan Barry.

The statement comes after the Board of Education voted to keep students in school on August 21st, the day of the eclipse. Instead, students will not be in school on September 1st.

In the statement MNPS says the Mayor was concerned with "safety issues" if left home without supervision during the eclipse. Below is the full statement:

"We had originally planned not to have school on the day of the eclipse but were asked by the Mayor to reconsider that decision as she felt strongly that young students could encounter safety issues if they were left home without supervision on that day.

The district had already purchased safety glasses for students to take home so they could safely view the eclipse from home. Since Tuesday’s vote, the administration has been working through logistics associated with the calendar change – including obtaining safety glasses for school personnel – and will communicate further details with families as we get closer to the start of school." -Statement from Metro Nashville Public Schools

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