With a total eclipse predicted to draw thousands to the Texas Hill Country in April, many local school districts have opted to cancel school for the day, or planned out academic calendars in advance to make the day a student holiday.

Among these districts will not be Hutto ISD, district officials say, as they plan for the school day to proceed as scheduled April 8.

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During a Feb. 8 event hosted by the Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce, HISD administrators said the district will handle the day as a regular school day, with students spending the day learning about and observing the total eclipse from the safety of their campuses.

"Knowing that the biggest hazard we're going to have from this particular eclipse is going to be traffic, what we're going to do is turn this into an opportunity to do some quality learning that day and essentially make it one long field trip," said Henry Gideon, HISD's associate superintendent for operations.

These traffic concerns are based on the district's proximity to SH 130, which will be one of several major roads facilitating transportation to and from eclipse watching hotspots from Boerne to Belton, Gideon said.

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Brittany Swanson, HISD's associate superintendent for instruction and innovation, said the district received a donation of around 15,000 pairs of eclipse glasses that will allow students and staff directly. Without this donation from a former staff member, she said it would be cost-prohibitive to provide glasses for all students and staff members to safely view the eclipse.