(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.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion
“Student safety is our priority at all times and we thank our parents for their support and understanding,” school officials said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Disturbance Brings Chance Of Rain-Snow Mix To Our North Overnight
Schools reopen Tuesday. The closure will affect 5,500 students from elementary to high schools, officials tell CBS 2.