LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools plans to dismiss some students late on August 21.

Interim superintendent Marty Pollio issued a letter to principals regarding the solar eclipse. Among the new plans are to dismiss middle and high schools at 2:41 p.m. Special schools and alternative schools will also dismiss 21 minutes later. 

Elementary school students will dismiss on-time, but parents are being told that children could be late getting home because of expected traffic.

Officials also say students who want an excused absence to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse will need to submit an "Educational Enhancement Opportunity Request Form." The forms must now be turned in by Friday, August 18 to avoid an unexcused absence. Forms would normally have had an August 16 deadline, but school officials didn't want to make them due on the first day of school. 

The forms will be available when students attend registration. A link to the district form is available here: http://bit.ly/2vM2j22

Principals are being told that teachers and students can participate in eclipse viewing activities, if proper safety protocol is followed.  

Here is a copy of the letter Pollio sent to the principals. 

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