Schools prep for eclipse viewing

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many, and Fayette County Schools want to make sure their students and staff don’t miss out on “The Great American Solar Eclipse.” In keeping with most metro Atlanta districts, all Fayette County schools will remain in session for an additional hour Monday, August 21 for the total solar eclipse.
“Our school system is going to make the most of this rare event by providing a variety of relevant and exciting learning opportunities in science and other curriculum areas about the eclipse,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow in a letter sent to parents.
For the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will visible on a path across the continental United States. For Fayette, the partial eclipse beings around 1:06 p.m. The sun will be about 97 percent obscured at approximately 2:37 p.m., and the partial eclipse will end around 4:02 p.m.
All students who wish to view the event will be provided with eclipse-safe glasses.
“Safety is our top priority as a school system. Looking at an eclipse without proper eyewear can cause permanent eye damage,” said Barrow. “We have a sufficient supply of safety glasses for all of our students who wish to view the eclipse.”
Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the eclipse into their learning activities for the day. Those who do not wish to participate will either view televised coverage or complete other alternate activities.
The regular dismissal time for the elementary schools falls during the peak eclipse viewing time, leading to the adapted dismissal time.
“This delayed dismissal will ensure that students are under adult supervision, and neither students nor employees are on the roadways during the time of the eclipse.”




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