The Elbert County school system will shut down Aug. 21 for "safety reasons." Is the total eclipse of the sun a legitimate reason to close school for the day? Sun, 08/13/2017 - 5:09pm Choices Yes. They planned to use the day as an opportunity to learn, but unforeseen circumstances led to safety concerns. Good decision! I don't know ... why shut down the school system completely? Go for half a day and don't lose the inclement weather day. No. If parents want their children to see the eclipse, they can check'em out of class early.