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On August 21, 2017, there will be a solar eclipse event which will reach its peak for our area at 2:43 in the afternoon. The moon will move between the sun and the Earth blocking the light of the sun. Thus, the moon will cast a shadow on the Earth. The event will begin at 1:10 pm and last until approximately 4:10 pm. This is a wonderful educational moment for all of us, but it can also be dangerous if one looks directly at the sun.

Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of solar eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions. Do not attempt to observe any phase of the eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness! The solar eclipse will occur throughout our normal dismissal time. In order to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we will follow our early dismissal schedule. This action is being taken as a result of safety concerns related to this event. We feel it will be safest for our students to be off of the buses and roads during the actual eclipse.

Employee work hours will remain the same (7:15-3:45)

Dismissal Times for August 21st, 2017

Cook Primary - 11:30

Cook Elementary -11:30

Cook Middle -12:00

Cook High -12:00



Click to read the 2017 Back to School publication provided by the Cook County Advertiser.

Total Dedication to Excellence in Education


Cook County Schools will provide an exemplary education to all students in a safe and positive environment.

To stimulate learning and creativity that will prepare our students for success and lifelong learning.