Catholic schools will release students at 11 a.m. Monday

Published 7:37 pm Thursday, August 17, 2017

In an effort to allow students the opportunity to view the solar eclipse, the Vicksburg Catholic School will be releasing its students at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

After much deliberation, St. Aloysius principal Dr. Buddy Strickland said the administration felt like this was the best decision for the school.

Due to the nature and potential risk of retina damage to the eye, when viewing a solar eclipse, Strickland said the faculty felt like watching this rare phenomenon should be a decision made by the parents of each individual student.

“Student and employee safety are of the upmost importance to VCS,” Strickland said. Additionally, Strickland said, this decision assures students who drive will not be on the roadway during the eclipse.

All students will need to be picked up by 11:15 a.m., Strickland said, adding that there will also be no lunch served or after school care.

Strickland said in light of this decision, teachers at the school have been educating students, appropriately, about the solar eclipse and at the end of the close of the school day, each student will be provided NASA approved ISO 12312-2 eclipse glasses.

Also, students will be given a letter on safety tips for viewing.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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