Salem-Keizer school district to close campuses, facilities for eclipse

A total solar eclipse on Aug. 11, 1999, shows the sun's corona and several prominences erupting from its surface. (Photo: Luc Viatour / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Citing safety concerns, Salem-Keizer Public Schools announced Friday that it will close all facilities for this month’s total solar eclipse.

Salem is in the path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse, and it is also part of Marion County, which is expecting 100,000 to 500,000 eclipse seekers during the event.

Officials are concerned that such a large number of people descending upon the county will cause traffic nightmares, delays in responding to emergencies and other issues.

As a result, the school district said it will close all campuses from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 to Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The district has also canceled or rescheduled rentals of schools during the same time, except in a few cases.

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