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Schools to close Monday for eclipse
Decision made during emergency meeting
Schools will be closed on Monday the 21st. See Friday's paper for our special Eclipse section.
In an about-face from its original plan, the Warren County Board of Education in an emergency session on Thursday voted to cancel school for the solar eclipse amid concerns teacher absenteeism could leave some students in harm’s way.“Right now we have 23 staff members who are not coming in that day so the dynamics have changed,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox, noting the number always climbs higher over weekend meaning a larger-than-normal number of substitutes would have to be used the day of the eclipse. “Our concerns are due to the numbers of substitutes that day.”Cox said they have tried to keep substitutes in the loop concerning the eclipse but the large number of subs that day gave him rise for concern. He said he consulted with principals before deciding to suggest the school closure.“My job, No.