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District facilities closed to the public eclipse weekend through Monday, Aug. 21District facilities closed to the public eclipse weekend through Monday, Aug. 21

posted Aug 10, 2017, 4:15 PM by Salem Keizer   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 4:27 PM ]

Due to safety concerns for visitors and students, all district facilities will be closed to the public for the weekend of the solar eclipse and through the day of the eclipse.

 Campuses will be closed to the public from 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017, through 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The exceptionally large numbers of visitors expected to travel to Salem and Keizer could create severe traffic problems – even gridlock. Local authorities anticipate delays in responding to emergency needs, and will be prioritizing responses based upon available resources. This could mean limited, delayed or possibly no support for urgent circumstances.

 Normal rental uses of schools have been cancelled or rescheduled. A very few exceptions for use have been granted to some high schools for required programs on Saturday, August 19, 2017, only. Exceptions were granted through a stringent and early application process, and no additional exceptions to district facility use during the closure period will be granted.

 Information for staff about reporting to work on the day of the eclipse can be found on the district intranet

For information about preparing for the eclipse event, please see the following websites.

 Oregon Office of Emergency Management: http://www.oregon.gov/oem/hazardsprep/Pages/2017-Total-Solar-Eclipse.aspx

 Information from local agencies:

www.salemareaeclipse.info

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