(CBS) – Public schools in Gary, Ind. will be closed Monday because of the total-solar eclipse and safety concerns, officials announced Friday.

Some students are bused home at a time when they might be exposed to the eclipse, the Gary Community School Corporation said in a news release. The eclipse is considered potentially harmful to people who do not take protective measures, such as wearing specially filtered glasses.

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“Student safety is our priority at all times and we thank our parents for their support and understanding,” school officials said.

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Schools reopen Tuesday. The closure will affect 5,500 students from elementary to high schools, officials tell CBS 2.

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