TCSS Solar Eclipse Information


Due to the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, Troup County School System will delay dismissal of elementary, middle and high school students.

The peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during our regularly scheduled elementary school dismissal time. Since student safety is our first priority we will start the day on time and delay dismissal to ensure that neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the peak time of the eclipse. Subsequently, high schools and middle schools will delay dismissal as well.

Schools have been provided with educational resources for indoor learning because looking directly at the solar eclipse as it transpires will cause severe eye damage. It is a system-wide expectation that students and staff remain indoors for safety reasons.

If a student is absent or receives early check-out, an excused absence will be granted with a written consent from the parent or guardian. Parents should follow their child's school procedures for early check-out times. 

August 21st Release Schedule
Elementary Schools 3:00 pm
Middle Schools 4:15 pm
High Schools 4:00 pm
The HOPE Academy 3:00 pm
THINC College & Career Academy 3:30 pm 

Additional Info

It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.

Download NASA Safety Info

Eclipse Simulation

NASA Announces Television Coverage for Eclipse

NASA Solar Eclipse Website

NASA Safety Glasses for Eclipse

Today Show: Eclipse Safety Sunglasses Warning

Weather Channel Total Eclipse Information