Kansas district cancels school for solar eclipse

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ATCHISON, Kan. (KAKE) -

A northeast Kansas school district has called off classes on August 21st for the Great American Eclipse

Atchison Public Schools said on Facebook that USD 409 will not hold classes due to increasing numbers of visitors and potential traffic issues. The district made the decision after and conferring with city and EMS officials.

Solar eclipse 2017: The day the sun disappears is coming

Small towns like Atchison, Kansas, and Lathrop, Missouri, are on what is known as the path of totality, a narrow line across Missouri and a corner of Kansas that offers the best and longest views of the eclipse.

Lathrop has formed a 150th anniversary and eclipse planning committee.

Committee chairwoman Cindy Weers says she envisions the town's fields filled with eclipse chasers and tourists. Weers says she's been told to expect anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 people.

James Schmieder, assistant city administrator for Union, Missouri, is organizing his town's plans for the eclipse and says any headaches about preparing for the event will be worth it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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