Solar eclipse 2017 is a big deal, but worthy of school closures?

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There has been a lot of build-up heading towards the 2017 solar eclipse this month. The event has even prompted some school districts across the country to cancel class to give students the opportunity to view the rare occasion.

Stargazers and anxious eclipse observers have been planning ahead for the spectacle. One local family is even planning to travel to a Nashville planetarium for the viewing and to hear NASA scientists discuss the event.

Now, several school districts in Georgia and South Carolina have announced that schools will either be closed, or students will have the option for an excused absence or early dismissal.

Do you agree that students should be given the day off for the potentially once-in-a-lifetime event? Vote now on the Newschannel 6 Facebook page.

The event will take place on Aug. 21, and will be the United States' best opportunity to see a total solar eclipse since 1979. The moon is expected to move in front of the sun, casting a shadow on all 50 states. Northeast Ohio is expected to see the most dramatic effects between 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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