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Local School Offices To Close At 10 a.m. On Monday


August 17, 2017

With students returning to school next Wednesday, this is crunch time for “Back To School” in classrooms and schools.

Transylvania County Schools (TCS) teachers, according to a news release, have four required workdays in schools before classes begin. This year’s total solar eclipse, however, adds a whole new level of energy and excitement to the week, the release said.

In anticipation of heavy traffic and with many staff assisting elsewhere, TCS schools and the Education Center will close at 10 a.m. on Monday.

School and office building doors will be locked, and gates to sports fields will be closed. Restrooms and other amenities inside school facilities will not be accessible.

For details on TCS’ response to the eclipse, go to

Some residents are treating the eclipse as they would a winter weather event, unsure of what to expect, especially the additional time required for travel, according to the news release. This might remind families that Transylvania County Schools pioneered “virtual days” for students over the past two winters.

“Thanks to a partial ‘virtual day’ on Monday, teachers will be able to volunteer or watch safely with family members at home,” said Superintendent Jeff McDaris. “In return, teachers will have a homework assignment, just as students would on a snow day. This will give our dedicated teachers added safety and flexibility to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event, and come back to school excited to share the experience with their students.”

Getting students ready for Monday’s eclipse has been a summer-long activity, thanks to the support of the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), which donated eclipse glasses to be distributed by School Nutrition Services.

Executive Director Clark Lovelace said he is focused on strengthening the connection between the authority and local efforts, “so the community can understand all that the TDA does, welcome our visitors, and appreciate what the tourism industry brings our county.”

School Nutrition staff serving thousands of meals this summer also delivered nearly 2,000 pairs of safe and effective eclipse glasses to children and families, thanks to the TDA. They were distributed through feeding sites at stops on the bus routes and at both public swimming pools.

Glasses were also delivered with several hundred packs of food thanks to Backpack Buddies, and through partners in summer feeding at Rise & Shine/Neighbors in Ministry and the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

The Rosman community is poised near the center line for viewing “totality” during the peak of the eclipse. This prime location led some Rosman High School teachers and students to jump on the opportunity to commemorate the event and support initiatives at the school by selling T-shirts, stickers and limited edition posters.

Commemorative “In The Shadow” T-shirts are on sale now to support the 2017-18 RHS Senior Trip, thanks to teachers and trip advisors Julie Queen and Linda Peeples. Shirts are available (as of this printing) at McNeely’s Store & Rental in Sapphire, and will be available at the Brevard Community Church eclipse party on Monday.

All remaining shirts will be on sale by students and Queen at Gorges State Park both Sunday and Monday.

Call the school at 828-862-4284 or email and for details.

Support has been strong, said Queen.

“It’s been unbelievable,” she said. “We are so incredibly excited and appreciative of how much money has been raised to support students for this important senior trip to Washington and New York. Mrs. Peeples and I think we should start chasing eclipses every summer.”

Amy Schoenacher and her RHS art students banded together to design and produce limited-edition stickers and posters to support the building of a new art gallery for Rosman High School.

Posters, bearing the stylized “Rosman” design and “1:36” for the time of totality as viewed in Rosman, are available at Brown Bean Coffee Roasters in downtown Brevard as part of a bundle with their “Eclipse Blend” created by owner Matt Huggins.

Schoenacher will be selling posters at the Toxaway General Store and Grille on Friday and Saturday. Email or visit to reserve one.

The limited edition posters are made with a five-color, hand-pulled screen print process on 100-pound cover stock paper from French Paper Co. on a color called Parcel Wrap.

All ink was hand-mixed, and a translucent medium was added to the orange layer to give it a reflective property.

The paper size measures 12.5 inches by 15.5 inches, and the image will fit neatly within an 11 inch by 14 inch matte.

All proceeds go to the future Rosman High School art gallery.

The minimum suggested donation for this artwork is $15.

The art program is also selling stickers, commemorating the Rosman experience of totality, through local Rosman businesses, including Hair 2 Dye 4, Conoco, Headwaters Outfitters and Jarrett’s.

A limited supply of stickers is available at the school.


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