Woodford schools cancelled on ‘Eclipse Day’
Classes in Woodford County Public Schools were cancelled on Monday – “Eclipse Day” – when solar eclipse glasses for students had not arrived by last week, according to schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. “We had ordered glasses with the hopes of being able to have school and utilize (the solar eclipse) as a neat learning experience that you don’t get very often,” said Hawkins. He made the decision to cancel school after “enough (glasses) for the whole district” did not arrive last Wednesday. The total event lasted about three hours (from 1 to 4 p.m.), but the best viewing time (2:28 p.m.) would have occurred “right at dismissal time,” said Hawkins. He said not having glasses available for students could have been problematic in terms of them looking up at the solar eclipse without vision protection. “Again,” said Hawkins, “had we had the glasses where it would’ve been a safer environment, I think it would’ve been a really good learning experience” for the students. But without the glasses “we just felt like it was best not to be in school that day,” he added. The first makeup day for students on the 2017-18 school calendar is Monday, Feb. 19 (Presidents’ Day).