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Hernando schools will excuse absences without a note for solar eclipse



Following suit of other Tampa Bay-area school districts, Hernando County will grant students an excused absence for Monday's solar eclipse should they want to stay home to watch it. But unlike schools in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas, those in Hernando will not require a note.

A memo put out by the district Wednesday says students who do come to school Monday will only be allowed to watch the eclipse via NASA live stream, available here to "ensure that all students have the safest viewing experience."

Students who have to leave a school building to switch classes or go to lunch during the eclipse, set to be visible in the area from 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., will be given instruction on how to "exercise care" and told to avoid staring directly at the sun, the memo said.

After-school activities, including athletics, will be held inside until the eclipse has passed, and students who are picked up from school by car will be required to remain indoors until their ride arrives.

The district has asked parents of students who walk or ride a bike to school to talk with their children about the eclipse and its potential dangers. Any additional information about the eclipse will be relayed to parents via the district's website and social media, and by phone.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 3:00pm]


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