Is your school out for the Great American Eclipse?

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While many are prepping for the eclipse by seeking out the right eye-wear, school systems across the Tennessee Valley are making plans to make sure their students are safe.

DeKalb County

  • Ft. Payne City Schools – not closing, but are giving parents the option to check out their student or keep child at home as an excused absence.

Jackson County

  • Jackson County Schools – School dismissed at 3:00 p.m.  Parents have the option of checking out their students early or keeping them home.  It will be an excused absence.
  • Scottsboro City Schools – Open as usual

Limestone County 

  • Limestone County Schools – Open as usual

Madison County

  • Madison City Schools – dismiss Pre-K at 10:30 a.m., elementary at 11 a.m., and high school at 11:45 a.m
  • Madison County Schools – Dismiss 15 minutes late, at 2:45 p.m.
  • Huntsville City Schools – in session, although parents do have the option to check their kids out, or keep them at home and it will be excused. For more on their dismissals, check out their website:

Marshall County

  • Albertville City Schools – Closed
  • Arab City Schools – Dismiss at 11:00 a.m. **This is a change from the school system’s original plan. School leaders first wanted to stay in school and provide glasses to most students. However, the company the glasses were ordered from couldn’t fill the order.**
  • Boaz City Schools – Dismiss at 11:00 a.m.
  • Guntersville City Schools – Closed
  • Marshall County Schools – Dismiss at 11:00 a.m.


Other State Schools

  • Jefferson County Schools – Open as usual


Superintendents, please let us know about your school system. Please email us at with your plans.