The Troy City Schools will be closed Monday, April 8. All of the district’s buildings, including the Troy Board of Education, will be closed that day.
As you are probably aware, Troy and the surrounding areas. will be experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime event, as a total eclipse will be coming to North America, with the path of totality running through the region. The time of totality will be approximately 3:11 p.m. and will last approximately 4 minutes.
“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event we hope our students and their families will take advantage of,” Troy City Schools Superintendent Chris Piper said. “This is not only a potential learning experience for our students, but a memory they can make and tell their children and grandchildren about some day.”
The reasons for closing school this day are twofold:
The biggest reason is this is expected to be a massive tourism event for Troy and the surrounding area that could bring hundreds of thousands to the area. It is almost certain traffic in the area would be affected. It only makes sense to keep our students and buses off the roads during this event.
Again, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event that we want students to be able to experience in whatever way they and their families choose. In addition to the safety concerns, we don’t want students to miss the eclipse because they are on a bus on their way home from school.
“From everything we’ve been told by experts and what history has told us about cities located near the path of totality in previous solar eclipses, Troy can expect a massive influx of tourists and others interested in the eclipse to the area,” Piper said. “We already know how traffic can be in Troy when school lets out, but this will only compound all of those problems. And it won’t just be during the eclipse. We fully expect thousands of people to arrive before the eclipse starts and stay after it ends. Out of an abundance of safety, we think it is best to close the schools for the day.
“Closing schools also allows students to watch the eclipse on their own or with their families. We hope all of our students take advantage of this opportunity, as it likely will never again happen in their lifetimes.”
This will count as a calamity day for the district.
All Troy athletic practices and games scheduled for April 8 will be canceled, as well. Any games, meets or matches scheduled for April 8 will be moved to April 9.