The Robertson County Board of Education has approved closing schools on Aug. 21 --- the day of the eclipse.
The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year had already been approved, so the board decided to take one of the 10 stockpiled days planned for the school year, at the suggestion of Schools Director Chris Causey.
All students, teachers, faculty and staff will be off on the day of the solar eclipse.
After school care will also be closed.
The Board of Education approved using the stockpiled day at the Monday, July 10 meeting.
Causey said School Resource Officers (SRO) will be busy being used by the Robertson County Sheriff's Department on the day of the eclipse due to the vast number of spectators expected in Robertson County.
School officials also feel traffic congestion could pose a safety issue for the school buses on the roads throughout the day.
By closing schools, the board feels families could better participate safely viewing the eclipse and also be able to participate in some of the planned community events scheduled on the day of the eclipse.
The school district issued a release stating that the schools will be providing educational activities prior to the Aug. 21 event.