No school in Fayette Co. on August 21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Schools will be closed on August 21st, the day of the solar eclipse. Officials say the eclipse is one of the reasons why they will be closing but not the only reason.

School district officials say they considered the fact that North America will experience a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

Lexington will experience 95% totality, with the eclipse starting at 1:02 p.m., peaking at 2:30 p.m. and finishing at 3:54 p.m.

They say that regular school starts and end times in Fayette County would release elementary students during the peak of the eclipse and dismiss high school students before the eclipse is over.

Officials say this is to ensure the safety of the students and address the need for a “Day 4” review of enrollment and staffing

The revised calendar moved the non-flexible staff development day originally scheduled for Friday Oct. 27, 2017 to Monday, August 21, 2017, according to Lisa Deffendall
District Spokeswoman Fayette County Public Schools.

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