BETHEL — Like several Maine school districts, MSAD 44 schools will have an early release day April 8 because of the eclipse.

Writing to parents by email on March 29, Superintendent Mark Kenney said, “First and foremost, we want everyone to be safe and also informed about what is going on.”

“The decision has been made to do an early release on that Monday, starting at 1:05 p. m. so we can get through the scheduled lunch cycles which will allow us to get students and staff home before the event is to take place.  A big part of the concern is that we do not want students on the buses during the event making it more difficult for the drivers.  The peak of the event will be just before and just after 3:30 p.m. in our area.”

Kenney said he appreciated a generous donation from the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum which will provide a pair of safety glasses for every student in MSAD 44. These will be handed out to the students at the end of the day on Monday, April 8.

“There will be no after school activities, practices, or (Mahoosuc Kids Association) that day, so we hope this notice will provide you the opportunity to make the necessary arrangements for your student(s),” said Kenney.

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