Warren County School District and others prepare for eclipse

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The excitement around the solar eclipse continues in South central Kentucky. And south Bowling Green will be a popular location to experience the phenomenon.

"From our story times to our big events, it's been all about the solar eclipse," says Veronica Rainwater, Youth Services Manager for the Warren County Public Library.

Organizations in the community have prepared to accommodate for the inflow of people; specifically, the Warren County School District who made a big decision about school on August 21.

"It's become pretty apparent to me that it was going to be very difficult to have school," says Superintendent Rob Clayton.

After communicating with local law enforcement and emergency management, the school district believes that the heavy traffic and bus transportation could cause major issues if they tried to transport eight to nine thousand kids to the best viewing spot.

"we don't want to have a situation where students are potentially stranded on buses, in gridlock on a hot august day," says Clayton.

While it would be neat to have have the eclipse act as a unique learning opportunity, the school district doesn't feel confident on the safety factor.

"Our top priority is always ensuring the safety of our students," says Clayton. "So, at any point if we feel like that our ability to accomplish that is is going to be compromised, then we're going to take a close hard look at what can we do to ensure the safety of our students."

Although schools will close their doors on August 21, Warren County will have plenty of eclipse related activities for your kids to take advantage of. The public library has anticipated the eclipse for months and looks forward to hosting a viewing party at Aviation Heritage Park.

"We are really excited, we're going to have a lot of family friendly activities," says Rainwater.

"We put an event out on Facebook and we've had over 700 people respond to it" continues Rainwater. "We are encouraging all the people to come to bring chairs, blankets, anything to make them feel comfortable for the show."

Since school will be out, the library among other organizations in the community invites families to join them in celebrating this once in a lifetime experience.

Jackson's Orchard which stands at the highest elevation in Warren County, is another open and family friendly spot to view the eclipse.

Community Education now has open registration for their educational programming from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for grades kindergarten through 6th. Working parents are encouraged to sign their kids up for this program which will allow children to learn about and experience the eclipse.

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