LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students in the New Albany Floyd County Schools district will have a longer school day next week, courtesy of the upcoming solar eclipse.

According to a letter to parents, dated Aug. 15, the school day on Monday, Aug. 21, will be extended by 15 minutes.

"The rationale for this adjustment is to allow our students an opportunity to safely witness and participate in the approaching eclipse," the letter states. "If we do not adjust our daily routine timeline, then the vast majority of our elementary and high school students will be caught in transit during our afternoon dismissal during the peak viewing minutes of the full eclipse. A small delay will provide our students with a better opportunity to watch the eclipse, in community, along with a teacher and their fellow students."

The district says many of the students will be wearing "approved sunglasses" to view the eclipse under supervision.

"However, we believe the best viewing will be provided via modern technology from a NASA stream which will be fed through channels across district classrooms," the letter continues.

As always, the district says, students should refrain from staring directly into the sun.

"We hope you enjoy this celestial rarity and enjoy the wonders of our natural universe," the letter closes. It is signed by Dr. Brad Snyder, the interim superintendent. 

A copy of the letter is included below:

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