Members of the Rowan County Board of Education, Supt. Marvin Moore, and school principals unanimously agreed that it was in the best interest of students to cancel classes.

According to a press release from the district, the safety of students was the primary concern.

“With the peak time of the eclipse occurring at approximately 2:32 p.m., just as buses are lining up at schools to pick up students, and ending at approximately 4 p.m., the safety of the students is of primary concern,” the press release read.

Moore says witnessing the eclipse will also be an invaluable learning opportunity for students.

“At the schools, the teachers have already prepared lessons to give our students a better understanding of the solar eclipse and its historic and scientific implications,” said Moore.

According to the press release, having the day off from school will provide parents and students a joint learning opportunity.

“There are opportunities locally and on the Internet for parents and students to learn more about the eclipse together,” Moore said.

Morehead State University's Space Science Center will be hosting special presentations about the solar eclipse.

The programs, titled “Totality,” will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 14 through Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

There will also be question and answer sessions following the nightly programs.

Weather permitting, Rowan County may experience just over 90 percent totality.

For more information about the solar eclipse, visit