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Sumner County Schools cancels classes for the total solar eclipse

(WZTV)

Two months ahead of the big event, Sumner County Schools said it's cancelling classes so families can experience the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.

School Board Member Jim Hawkins posted the district's decision to close on Monday August 21, saying it's for the benefits of students and staff members.

"It's such a rare event," Substitute teacher April Rubio said. "You can't always to get an opportunity to be a part of something like this"

Because of the cancellation, Rubio and her family get the chance to see the solar eclipse. Gallatin is in the path of totality, making it one of the prime viewing areas around the country.

Hundreds of people are expected to descend on Sumner County to watch the total solar eclipse. Rubio thinks cancelling classes is a good idea on the school's part.

"I think Sumner County is especially careful in trying to get all the appropriate days in the year, and I am sure they will have a way to make that work," Rubio said. "I think it's wonderful to take to observe science and draw attention to that, and I think the students will enjoy that. I think it's a really good idea."

Sumner County Schools plans to make up the cancellation day by starting Spring Break one day later on March 23, 2018. Union Stem will be in session on May 30 instead of a teacher in service.


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