On Monday, August 21, West Virginia will get its first visible solar eclipse in 23 years!
With it passing through our area from about 1 to 3 p.m, the moon will not only align with the sun, but with school dismissal times, as well.
Most parents are worried about their kids who will be on the school bus on the way home, and looking out the window, into the sun, while the solar eclipse is happening.
While some school districts have canceled class for Monday, leaders of our school counties believe that would be taking away a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity for students.
“I feel strongly that we need to keep our students in school, primarily because they’ll be under the direct super vision of our teachers and the school staff, so that we can monitor them during what would be the peak of the eclipse. Also, we have the opportunity to provide many educational opportunities for our students during this eclipse and make it a tremendous lesson, especially in Science and Social Studies. So I think it’s best for our students to remain in school,” Terry George, Superintendent for Fayette County, told us.
However, safety is something that should be spoken about.
“It’s important that the kids understand not to look at a partial eclipse without protection. It’s like looking at the sun without protection. You wouldn’t do that, so you have to reinforce that with the kids. That while it may be a little dimmer, it’s still just as strong and damaging as on a regular, sunny day,” Optometrist, Dr. B.J. Nibert, said.
School websites already have warnings online with all the details on how to explain the safety measures to children.
There is absolutely no risk for being outside during a solar eclipse, but do advise them to not look up into the sun unless they have protective glasses.