Statement on Board's Decision to Open Schools on August 21

The Board of Education voted this past Tuesday, July 11, to modify the district calendar so students will be in school Aug. 21 – the day of the solar eclipse – and not in school Sept. 1.

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.