New Hanover Co. schools issues early release due to solar eclipse

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County schools will be dismissing year round elementary schools early Monday due to the solar eclipse.

The school system said the decision was made after many parents expressed interest in viewing the solar eclipse with their students. They also added the district decided the educational value of the event warrants the early dismissal.

The district was concerned about student safety and did not want to have school buses on the road during the eclipse.

Deputy Superintendent Rick Holliday announced the following schools will dismiss at noon Monday: Eaton, Codington, Snipes, Freeman, Sunset Park, Lake Forest and Virgo.

Although students will be dismissed early, the district will remain open for employees. All staff will work their normal hours.

There will be no athletic events and practices between the hours of noon and 4:30 p.m. Driver Education cars will also not be on the road during those hours.

High school open houses should be fine to go on as planned. High schools currently in session, including Isaac Bear, Wilmington Early College, and Sea-TECH  will operate on a normal schedule and not be dismissed early. Those schools have events scheduled around the eclipse and they will dismiss at their normal time of 4:30 p.m.

This comes after WWAY questioned the school system earlier this week if they were planning on releasing students early. At that time, Holliday said no.

Charter Day School in Brunswick County announced Tuesday night that they plan to close early on Monday.

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