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Published on March 01, 2024
Texas Hill Country Schools to Close for "Great American Eclipse," Easing Traffic FearsSource: Unsplash/ Jongsun Lee

Texas Hill Country classrooms will be empty on April 8. Comal ISD has decided to shut its doors during the "Great American Eclipse," giving students and staff a free day to witness the last total solar eclipse we'll see for decades. The district's decision, highlighted by KENS 5, comes as nearly one million eclipse-chasers are expected to converge in Texas, potentially turning roads into parking lots.

Comal ISD is not the only district hitting the pause button. Nearby Kerrville ISD, Comfort ISD, and Boerne ISD are all giving the day off too, so families can marvel at nearly four and a half minutes of daytime darkness without worrying about the crush of traffic on highways. "Two-thirds of the district is in the path of totality of the eclipse," per a statement from the Comal ISD superintendent obtained by KENS 5. Fortunately, due to a well-behaved weather year not forcing any closures, the district claims there's no need to make up for the lost time later in the semester.

Most of San Antonio's major school districts seem to be taking their chances with the promise of snarled traffic and are opting to keep their doors open. The educational institutions are bracing for potential delays, as accommodations have been maxed out months in advance from San Antonio to Kerrville. This looming congestion harks back to the gridlock that gripped the Northeast during the 2017 eclipse, anticipating the impending flood of celestial spectators.

My San Antonio compiled a list detailing which schools are going dark for the big event versus those planning to power through on April 8. With District officials considering the safety risks of shuttling students under such congested conditions, it’s no wonder a handful have opted to close their doors