Fayette County Parents Upset About Schools' Plan For Solar Eclipse

With Monday just a few days away, school districts are getting their students ready for the first visible solar eclipse in 23 years. However, several school districts are allowing their students to watch it outside firsthand, except for Fayette County. “I think it is sort of a shame that they did not plan far enough in-advance” said, Fayette County grandparent, Vicki Greene.

The Fayette County Board of Education, says they are not allowing their students to be outside during the solar eclipse because of safety reasons, which has some parents upset. “I don’t think the Board of Education should step in there and stop it. It is not really their choice, it is the parents choice. If they are afraid of lawsuits or whatever, then use permission slips. If it is not signed and returned, it is easily fixed” said, Fayette County parent, Amy Bennett. While another Fayette County parent, Vercie Sizemore added, “I think it should be up to the parents instead of the Board of Education because they are our children and this is is a scientific project. 

Instead of watching the solar eclipse from outside, all Fayette County students will have to watch it inside their classrooms through the computer. Teachers will also be incorporating the solar eclipse through lesson plans as well. Some parents still do not feel though, that this is enough. “If I can get the glasses, I plan on keeping them home and letting them see it” said, Fayette County parent Tanya Pettry. “They just need to look into it and see if they can seize this so it is not another uprising. We have enough commotion in Fayette County” said, Bennett. 

However, not all parents feel the same way. Some, say they are happy their child is having the opportunity to see the solar eclipse whether it is inside or outside the classroom. “I don’t understand why they do not want them outside but, I suppose they have their reasons. But, I think it is just important they see it one way or the other and are aware of it” said, Fayette County grandparent Sharon Dickinson.

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