The Solar Eclipse is Monday, and with most area schools back in session, we wondered how educators will handle the historic event. NewsChannel 15 called every area school district to learn what plans area schools have around the eclipse, if any at all.
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Krista Stockman, Public Information Officer for Fort Wayne Community Schools, points out that schools will do all they can to keep kids safe during school hours, but parents need to talk to their children about the dangers of looking directly at the sun so they don’t do it while they walk home from school. “The other thing that’s a concern for us is that our middle schools dismiss at 2:20 and elementary is at 2:55. So that is at peak viewing time. So we know that once they’re out of the building, we know they’re going to look. And we’re going to do all that we can to remind them and remind them and remind them that it is very dangerous and hope that parents will also remind them that they should not look directly at it.”
Here are the plans for the school districts that returned our calls:
Antwerp Local School District: One high school class and 4th/5th grade science class have glasses and will go outside to view the eclipse. Other than that, students will be allowed to watch during normal outside time (i.e.-recess)
Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District: K-3rd grade will stay inside but have learning activities surrounding the eclipse. 4th-12th grades will go outside (with parent permission) to view the eclipse safely
Fort Wayne Community Schools: some classes have glasses, parents will need to sign a waiver. All other students must stay inside and can watch NASA live stream.
Hamilton Community Schools: Several areas around the building will watch NASA live feed or students might watch it on their own device (up to teacher)
Jay School Corporation: some classes have eclipse glasses, some will make DIY eclipse viewers, and some will watch the NASA live stream
Lincolnview Local School District: watch NASA live stream
Northwest Allen County Schools: schools are teaching lessons about the eclipse, but whether they go outside or have safety equipment is up to each individual school
Paulding Exempted Village School District: no specific plans district-wide, though some teachers might do something
South Adams Schools: Teachers have activities planned by grade involving learning about what’s happening, watching the NASA or American Astronomical Society live feeds and the schools do have some glasses and safe-viewers
Van Wert City Schools: some teachers have purchased glasses or will make viewers so they can go out and watch. Others will be watching NASA live steam
Wayne Trace Local School District: will not be in school yet for the season