Bartow, Cartersville schools announce modified releases for eclipse


On Aug. 21 an eclipse will be visible in most of the South East, including Bartow County.In an effort to ensure the safety of students, both the Bartow County and Cartersville City School Systems are extending school hours on this day.

Cartersville City School System will extend the school day by 45 minutes for all schools.

“We are excited for the educational opportunity this once-in-a-lifetime event will offer our students. Additionally, we will continue to carry out our primary responsibility, which is to ensure their safety. For this reason, we believe it is important to extend the school day,” Dr. Howard Hinesley said in a press release.

The release times on the day of the eclipse for Cartersville City schools are as follows: Kids & Company Pre-K, 3 p.m.; Cartersville Primary School, 3:15 p.m.; Cartersville Elementary School, 3:45 p.m.; Cartersville Middle School, 4 p.m.; Cartersville High School, 4:07 p.m.

According to a press release distributed by Superintendent Dr. John Harper, Bartow County Schools will delay the dismissal of elementary students by 30 minutes. Additionally, middle and high school bus riders will be delayed. Car riders will not be affected.

Bartow County elementary schools will dismiss at 3:05 p.m. and middle and high school bus routes will begin at 4:05 p.m.