Solar Eclipse on April 8: Ensuring School Safety During the Celestial Event

On Monday, April 8, there will be a solar eclipse visible across many parts of the United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, casting a shadow on the earth’s surface. While our community is not in the direct path of totality for the eclipse, we will experience some of its visual effects. This is expected to begin around 10 a.m. and will peak about an hour later at 11:11 a.m., before ending at 12:23 p.m.

To ensure the safety of our students during this event, we have adjusted our recess, lunch and physical education to indoor locations. Our teachers and staff will closely monitor students and remind them of the importance of protecting their eyes if they need to be outdoors for any reason during the eclipse.

Many of our teachers will use the eclipse as a learning opportunity for our students throughout the day, including the time when the eclipse is occurring. Classrooms will also have an opportunity to view the eclipse safely from their classroom via the NASA LiveStream during their indoor recess and lunch time.

We also want to share a short animated video by NASA for children, explaining what an eclipse is and why it happens.

We thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our students and school community safe.

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