Con on missing school for solar eclipse


The Palm Beach County School District gave students the choice to remain home on Aug. 21, 2017 during the solar eclipse.

This decision was ill-advised because students unnecessarily missed school and valuable learning experiences.

According to the Palm Beach Post online article by Andrew Marra, more than half of the Palm Beach School District’s 170,000 students missed school that day. Some teachers felt the day was a waste of resources because they could not conduct lessons with less than half of their class. No lessons meant no learning experiences.
Also, it was unnecessary to allow students to remain home for the eclipse because the event did not occur until the end of the school day. According to, the eclipse began at 1:25 p.m. and ended at 4:17 p.m. Students could have completed classwork and lessons until noon and still arrived home in time to view the eclipse.

Though some may argue that the eclipse was a once in a lifetime experience, scientists predict that another solar eclipse will occur in 2024.

In the future the district should embrace scientific happenings by encouraging students to come to a place perfect for learning -school