Many Hill Country schools will be off April 8 for solar eclipse; most San Antonio schools will not

About a dozen school districts in the San Antonio area are giving kids the day off

FILE - Blake Davis, 10, of Coral Springs, Fla., looks through solar glasses as he watches the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (Wilfredo Lee, Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – Where will you be on April 8 when the moon will pass in front of the sun causing a total solar eclipse?

For many school-aged kids in the San Antonio area, the answer depends on which district you’re in.

It’s the second eclipse visible in the San Antonio area within a six-month span. But, unlike the October annular solar eclipse that happened on a Saturday, the April total solar eclipse will happen on a Monday.

Some school districts factored it into their calendars. More than a dozen school districts in the KSAT viewing area are giving kids the day off. Most of those schools are in the Hill Country, where there will be peak viewing. The path of the longest time in totality includes places like Ingram, Kerrville, Medina, Bandera and Uvalde. Parts of San Antonio (Northwest Side) are in the path of totality but the time in totality will be about two minutes, about half the time of some Hill Country cities.

Students in North East ISD WILL have school, but the district has created a website that teachers can use as a resource. The district has also procured about 12,000 pairs of eclipse viewers that they will distribute to campuses ahead of the event. The district spokesperson said many campuses are planning viewing events.

Related: Here’s how long the April 2024 total solar eclipse will be visible in your neighborhood

The path of totality for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse through the San Antonio Metro Area (Copyright 2023 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

These school districts will be off on April 8, 2024:

  • Bandera ISD
  • Boerne ISD
  • Brackett ISD
  • Centerpoint ISD
  • Comal ISD
  • Comfort ISD
  • Hondo ISD
  • Hunt ISD
  • Ingram ISD
  • Kerrville ISD
  • Killeen ISD
  • Medina ISD
  • Medina Valley ISD
  • South San ISD (Faculty instruction and planning day)
  • Temple ISD

These school districts will have regular school hours on April 8, 2024:

  • Alamo Heights ISD
  • Catholic Schools Archdiocese of San Antonio
  • Dilley ISD
  • East Central ISD
  • Edgewood ISD
  • Floresville ISD
  • Fort Sam Houston ISD
  • Gonzales ISD
  • Harlandale ISD
  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Jourdanton ISD
  • Judson ISD
  • Lackland ISD
  • New Braunfels ISD
  • North East ISD
  • Northside ISD
  • Pearsall ISD
  • Pleasanton ISD
  • Poteet ISD
  • Randolph Field ISD
  • San Antonio ISD
  • Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD
  • Seguin ISD
  • Somerset ISD
  • Southside ISD
  • Southwest ISD

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About the Author

Julie Moreno has worked in local television news for more than 25 years. She came to KSAT as a news producer in 2000. After producing thousands of newscasts, she transitioned to the digital team in 2015. She writes on a wide variety of topics from breaking news to trending stories and manages KSAT’s daily digital content strategy.

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