East Tennessee schools cancel class on day of eclipse due to safety concerns

In this photo provided by Tourism Queensland, the moment of a total solar eclipse is observed at Cape Tribulation in Queensland state, Australia, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Starting just after dawn, the eclipse cast its 150-kilometer (95-mile) shadow in Australia's Northern Territory, crossed the northeast tip of the country and was swooping east across the South Pacific, where no islands are in its direct path. (AP Photo/Tourism Queensland)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Due to traffic and safety concerns, several school districts across East Tennessee have decided to cancel class.

Several school districts like Blount, Loudon and Sevier counties had decided to stay open and use the day as a learning experience, but after projected increases to traffic, administrators decided to close.

School systems’ status for the eclipse:

  • Alcoa City Schools: Closed
  • Anderson County: Closed
  • Blount County: Closed
  • Campbell County: Closed
  • Christian Academy of Knoxville: Closed
  • Clinton City Schools: Closed
  • Cocke County Schools: Closed
  • Cumberland County Schools: closed
  • Grainger County: Closed
  • Hamblen County: Closed
  • Jefferson County: Closed
  • Knox County: Closed
  • Lenoir City: Closed
  • Loudon County: Closed
  • Maryville – Closed
  • Monroe County: Closed
  • Oak Ridge Schools: Opted to stay open
  • Roane County Schools: Closed
  • Sevier County: Closed
  • Union County: Half day

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