Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Depiction of a total solar eclipse

An Exciting Event!

It’s the final countdown to the first total solar eclipse on August, 21 2017. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse, was in 1979. The eclipse starts in Seattle and will move towards South Carolina. Georgia just so happens to be one of the 13 states that lies within the path of this years solar eclipse. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. This phenomenon will block all or part of the sun for up to about three hours.  Put on your sunglasses and enjoy a once in a life time experience. To learn about safety tips for this years solar eclipse, click here.


Changes in Times that Schools will be Released

Parents be aware that counties around Georgia will be delaying release.

CLARKE COUNTY - 45-minute delay for all schools

CLAYTON COUNTY- 45-minute delay for all schools

COBB COUNTY - 45-minute delay for all schools

DEKALB COUNTY - One-hour delay for all schools

FAYETTE COUNTY - One-hour delay (Elementary: 3:25 p.m., Middle: 4:10 p.m., High: 4:45 p.m.)

FORSYTH COUNTY - 40-minute delay (ES I: 3:00 p.m., ES II: 3:40 p.m., High: 4:20 p.m., Middle: 4:55 p.m.)

  • ES I: Big Creek, Brandywine, Brookwood, Chattahoochee, Chestatee, Coal Mountain, Cumming, Haw Creek, Kelly Mill, Matt, Settles Bridge, Sharon, Shiloh Point and Vickery Creek
  • ES II: Daves Creek, Johns Creek, Mashburn, Midway, Sawnee, Silver City and Whitlow

FULTON COUNTY - Delaying dismissal for students by 45 minutes.


GWINNETT COUNTY - One-hour delay


HENRY COUNTY - One-hour delay (Elementary: 3:25 p.m., High: 4:15 p.m., Middle: 4:55 p.m.)

MARIETTA CITY SCHOOLS - 15-minute delay

PAULDING COUNTY - One-hour delay  (Elementary: 3:30 p.m., High: 4:25 p.m., Middle: 4:35 p.m.) 

ROCKDALE COUNTY - Elementary: 3:00 p.m., High: 3:45 p.m., Middle: 4:30 p.m.

TROUP COUNTY - 30-minute delay for all schools


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