Local school districts preparing for the solar eclipse
MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - As we inch closer to the Great American Eclipse, local school districts are releasing more details on what they plan to do to keep kids safe for the historic event.
Around 2:29 p.m. August 21, Dayton will see the sun 88.8 percent eclipse at its maximum point, meaning it would still be too bright to watch directly with the naked eye, or even sunglasses.
This timing has some parents concerned about their kids, as many schools dismiss right around this time. Districts have been responding, and here's a list of the plans so far:
- Beavercreek Schools: Purchased solar eclipse glasses for all students
- Catholic Central Schools: Following early dismissal schedule
- Centerville Schools: Each school has discretion on how/when to dismiss students
- Dayton Christian: Schools will close, as glasses ordered for students were recalled. Evening plans will continue after 4 p.m.
- Dayton Public Schools: No special plans
- Hube Heights: Plan to live stream the event in classrooms and work it into lesson plans.
- Kettering Schools: Sent home a letter to parents, giving them options to be dismissed early (excused dismissal), kept home (excused absence), leave at normal time or stay at the school with free child care to watch the eclipse
- Northmont Schools: Purchased solar eclipse glasses for all students
- Oakwood Schools: Purchased solar eclipse for all students 1st grade-high school. Kindergartners will not be going out.
- Sidney Schools: Plan to take kids out to watch the eclipse with permission. Parents can opt out.
- Springboro Schools: Absences and early dismissals will be excused. Shipment of glasses came in for 5th grade class at Dennis Elementary. Right now, 6th graders won't get a glimpse outside. Families in grades 7th and 8th are asked to send in approved glasses with their students, and a permission slip.
- Springfield Schools: Planned events or have purchased glasses to allow students to watch the eclipse safely, while others have planned to watch it inside. No schools are scheduled to dismiss during the height of the eclipse.
- Tecumseh Schools: Pushing back dismissal for middle and high school students to 2:35 p.m., also affecting dismissal for elementary students.
- Urbana Schools: No special plans
- Xenia Schools: Classes cancelled, athletic schedule will be revised
Some school districts won't be back on the day of the eclipse, including Piqua, Troy and West Carrollton.
The last solar eclipse visible in North American was on February 26, 1979, but the last one visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918.
If your kids will be home from school and you are still looking for a place to watch the eclipse, you can head down to the Fraze Pavilion where FOX 45 is teaming up with them and iHeartRadio for a free watch party. We'll be giving out 1,800 free pairs of certified solar eclipse glasses.