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TISD schools close for historic eclipse event

No classes or school activities to be held on April 8, 2024
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Caden Jackson
Senior Miguel Don Juan tests out “Solarbration” themed solar eclipse glasses in preparation for the upcoming solar eclipse on April 8. A total solar eclipse will pass through Texarkana for the first time in 375 years.

Residents and travelers in Texarkana gather together as a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon hovers over them. Crowds stand in awe as the air becomes cool, and they watch as they’re surrounded by total solar-darkness. 

On April 8, 2024 at approximately 1:27 p.m. CDT, Texarkana is expecting to witness the a total solar eclipse. Originally Texas High students expected to witness the event during school hours; however, recent changes to our school calendar have been addressed in a press release by the district. 

While we initially planned to operate under a normal school schedule on April 8,” TISD said in a statement. “Further consideration and consultation with local emergency management officials have caused us to reconsider and close all schools. As a result, please be advised there will be no instruction or school activities on Monday, April 8.”

Some high school faculty expressed their opinions on this executive decision, understanding the possible health and liability risks it may be prone to while also considering the missed opportunity for students. 

“I understand the reasoning behind canceling for safety considerations, but it’s very unfortunate because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” science teacher Jessica Sharp said. “We in the science department have actually purchased stuff for unique viewing.” 

Other staff members are embracing the school’s closing and intend to use the day off as extra leisure time. 

“I thought it was nice because all the other districts around here were going to be closing,” computer science teacher Mark Ahrens said. “With the number of people that are going to be here, it’s going to be hard for everyone to get in and out of here, so I’m actually kind of happy they did.” 

Apart from the faculty’s reaction to the schools’ closure, students have voiced their excitement and plans during their day off. 

“When I found out school was canceled, I was ecstatic,” sophomore David Mayo said. “I’m thrilled to be out of school and to have an extra day of the weekend to enjoy the event with my friends and family.” 

Others had intentions of seeing the event with their friends and colleagues at school but still look forward to enjoying the phenomena in the comfort of their homes.

“I had some intentions of seeing the solar eclipse during school because I wanted to be around my friends to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event,” sophomore Areli Estrada said. “I don’t think that I will be participating in any of the events in downtown Texarkana because I don’t like overcrowding, and I’d much rather just be at home and enjoy it in peace.”

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Kunan Anjum
Kunan Anjum, Staff writer
Kunan Anjum is a first-year staff writer for THS Publications. Apart from newspaper, he is involved in several other groups including Robotics Club and ASPIRE. Formerly a competitive tennis player for Texas High School, Anjum has moved on to other hobbies like hitting the gym, listening to music, and walking his dog. 
Caden Jackson
Caden Jackson, Visual Journalist
Caden Jackson is a first year staff visual journalist. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, and trapping in his free time. He especially likes going hunting with his father. After high school, he plans to go to Harding or SAU and major in some kind of animal field and become a Game Warden.

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