Walker County schools will stay open longer for the solar eclipse

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – School leaders are debating now whether to cancel classes or extend them for the solar eclipse on August 21st.

Almost all of our local systems (other than Murray County) will be back in session by then.

But since the eclipse happens as schools let out, superintendents are trying to keep students off the roads when people will be viewing it.

Now Walker County is joining the list of schools that will extend hours by 30 minutes to take advantage of the teaching opportunity.

The schools will provide viewing glasses and a live stream of the eclipse in every classroom.

“We will have students electronically documenting the events of the day across the District and will archive those for use in classrooms in the future. We will also be sharing highlights of the day on all social media pages. We are excited about the possibilities associated with this amazing event for each of our students.”

The Walker County schools will also offer planetarium shows for the public before the eclipse (click here for times)

Here are the other school decisions announced so far:


Dalton City


Hamilton County
Rhea County
Dayton City
Marion County
Polk County
Monroe County
Bledsoe County

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