Hays CISD district officials announced March 7 all campuses will be closed for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8, citing traffic and safety concerns.

Two-minute impact

Per an email sent out to parents, students and staff, district officials decided to close schools at the request of county and emergency officials.

“The Central Texas area is expected to see a large influx of eclipse tourism, and that could put a strain on emergency response personnel who will be needed to assist with traffic control and other crowd management in parts of our county,” officials said in the email.

Officials said that the district has enough minutes built into the calendar, so a makeup day will not be needed.

“We were fortunate not to have to close school this winter as often as we had planned,” they said. “For staffing purposes, administration will handle this day like any other weather closure. Essential staff may be required to work or be on call.”

One more thing

The district has also purchased enough eclipse glasses for every student and staff member. Students will receive their glasses along with eclipse activities and assignments after spring break.