The Boonville R-1 Board of Education revisited their decision to keep school open during the August 21 Eclipse. After more information was received, the board decided that the safety of the students was their top priority during this event, which could see the town’s population boom to more than 60,000 people.
“The cancellation was due to concerns of student safety, traffic patterns and overall well-being of students and staff involving the solar eclipse. In order to assist parents with the safety of their kids, the district will be educating students about not looking directly into the eclipse without proper eye protection. The district received a donation of eclipse glasses and these will be distributed to all students. This decision came after input from city and county agencies, district staff and local patrons. The makeup day will be Friday, May 18,2018 and it will be an early dismissal,” a release from the Boonville School District stated.
As plans continue for this once-in-a-lifetime momentous occasion, the school and town are hopeful that no large issues arise.