Solar Eclipse Conflicting With Idaho Schools' Start Dates

Jul 25, 2017

The August 21 total eclipse of the sun has forced educators across Idaho to rejigger school schedules to accommodate the once in a lifetime event.
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The total solar eclipse set to pass through Idaho on August 21 is conflicting with school schedules throughout the state. Educators are trying to determine if they should cancel classes, have a regular school day or, in some cases, move the first day of school.

In the Magic Valley, plans are varied. August 21 will be the third day of instruction in the Twin Falls district, and school will be held as usual. However, classes will come to a halt as the moon blocks out the sun around 11:30 a.m. that day. The district purchased 11,000 pairs of eclipse-watching glasses – enough for every student and staff member to watch the celestial spectacle.

The Times News reports schools in Wendell and Bliss will also carry on normally with the eclipse serving as a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for students. The school district in Jerome pushed the first day of school to the day after the eclipse, and schools in Minidoka County reconfigured their calendar to accommodate the event.

The College of Southern Idaho plans to have a regular day, but some departments have arranged field trips out of town to be in the path of totality.

In the Treasure Valley, both the West Ada and Nampa school districts pushed the start of school back to August 23. The Boise District plans to begin classes the day following the spectacle on August 22.

Boise State planned to start classes on the day of the eclipse, but they too are changing the schedule. Classes will start at 1 p.m. the day of the event; university staff are being asked to be lenient on attendance that first day given the circumstances.

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