What are Upstate schools doing for the total solar eclipse? - FOX Carolina 21

What are Upstate schools doing for the total solar eclipse?

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Children view eclipse with filtered glasses (Source: Associated Press) Children view eclipse with filtered glasses (Source: Associated Press)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Upstate is in for a treat on August 21 when the area falls in the path of a total solar eclipse, the first since 1900 and the only solar eclipse until 2054.

The eclipse will happen around 2:30 p.m. on a Monday, which offers some schools a rare learning opportunity and presents headaches for others that dismiss around that time.

Tentatively, here are Upstate school districts’ plans for Aug. 21.

  • Greenville County: Out of school (School year starts on Aug. 22)
  • All Anderson County Districts: Out of school (School year starts on Aug. 22)
  • Cherokee County: Out of school (School year starts on Aug. 22)
  • Spartanburg County Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7: No School for the day
  • Spartanburg County District 5: Delaying dismissal for elementary and intermediate schools for eclipse viewing event. Parents can also attend or check kids out of school early to attend another eclipse viewing event. The school district purchased 12,000 eclipse viewing glasses.
  • Pickens County: Dismissing elementary and middle schools late. Pickens County Schools are partnering with Duke Energy for a special learning event and viewing party during the eclipse.
  • Oconee County: Dismissal will be delayed by 15-20 minutes and all students will be allowed to view the eclipse.
  • Laurens District 55: Dismissal will be delayed so students can watch the eclipse. Parents may also check children out early.
  • Laurens District 56: 4K students will have an early dismissal, parents of older children can check them out after 1 p.m. Students can view the actual eclipse outside or a NASA feed inside.
  • Greenwood District 50: Dismissal will be delayed by 20 minutes for a special viewing party.
  • Greenwood District 52: No school.
  • Union County: No school.

FOX Carolina is still working to get eclipse plans for Greenwood District 51, Abbeville County and Newberry County schools.

Are you prepared for the eclipse? Check out our special section on the Total Solar Eclipse.

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