Early Release on August 21, 2017 due to Solar Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, the Augusta area will experience a total solar eclipse at approximately 2:40 p.m. As a result, the Richmond County School System will be having an early release so all students and staff will be home safely during the darkest hours of the event. The event will begin around 1:00 p.m. and last until around 4:00 p.m.

Early release will begin by 11:00 a.m. and should be completed by 1:30 p.m. Curriculum will be doing an educational unit on the eclipse, prior to August 21, so students will be able to learn about this rare occurrence. All after school care will be cancelled. All athletic events and practices will be cancelled. Employees should speak with their supervisors for individual work schedules.

Dismissal Schedule:

  • Tier 1: 7:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 
  • Tier 2: 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Tier 3: 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.