Randolph County schools to dismiss three hours early Monday

ELKINS — Randolph County Superintendent of Schools Gabriel J. Devono announced Friday that all Randolph County schools will be operating on a three-hour early dismissal Monday.

The decision came due to a solar eclipse that is supposed to take place between 2:30 and 2:40 p.m. Monday afternoon — the time period many schools would be releasing students.

“What we decided to do is go ahead and dismiss three hours early. Our biggest problem is — and we just got information from the (West Virginia Department of Education) yesterday — that the eclipse is going to be in our area sometime between 2:30 and 2:40 p.m.,” Devono said Friday afternoon.

“That’s the time we dismiss from school. We were concerned with our students coming out,” he continued. “We considered holding the buses but we didn’t want to get them exposed so we are going to go ahead with the three-hour early dismissal to get the kids home. We thought it would be better that way instead of trying to hold them at school.”