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Hamilton County Schools, childcare to close for 2017 Solar Eclipse

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Students, teachers and staffers for Hamilton County schools will get to enjoy the 2017 Solar Eclipse without worrying about classes.

The celestial event on August 21, 2017, will mark the first time in 99 years that a solar eclipse with cross the width of the continental United States.

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Hamilton County Schools will close all schools and school age childcare on August 21, 2017, citing "safety concerns," according to Amy Katcher, communications coordinator for the Hamilton County Department of Education.

“The safety of our students is always our number one priority,“ said HCDE Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson. “By closing the schools we ensure the safety of our precious students, as well as the many HCDE employees.”

Dozens of HCDE science teachers attended special professional development sessions this week. 

Those sessions, led by experts from Nashville’s Adventure Science Center, encouraged teachers to brainstorm lessons all about this rare opportunity, complete with safe viewing practices. 

Every K-12 teacher will be provided lesson plans about the eclipse and safety to present in the weeks leading up to the event. Many teachers and counselors have also purchased eclipse glasses for their students to view the event safely at their homes.

Although Chattanooga will only view a 90% coverage of the sun, northern Hamilton County towns including Bakewell and Sale Creek will view a total solar eclipse as the moon’s shadow, blocks the sun completely.

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