Schools making plans for solar eclipse that address safety concerns

DENVER -- With the solar eclipse happening Monday, schools are making plans on how to handle the excitement of the event as well as the safety concerns.

At Newlon Elementary School in Denver, every student will be provided eclipse safety glasses.

The big kids will watch from the field, while kindergartners and first-graders will watch from a courtyard that is more of a controlled environment.

“We want them all to see this because it’s not going to happen again for a long time,” science teacher Shea Whitham said.

He said each class will have their own pinhole projector. Students will make observations and drawings.

The concern at all schools is that a child could take off the safety glasses, look at the sun and damage their eyes.

“You can burn your retina, and that is the thing that we definitely don't want happening,” Whitham said.

Students will have safety lessons, safety glasses and supervision.

Many schools have emailed safety information to parents. Some schools are asking parents to opt in or opt out. Others are not allowing outdoor recess that day.

American Academy looked at the safety concerns and decided to keep kindergarten through third-grade students inside during the eclipse.

Many metro-area parents say they will talk to their children about the importance of wearing the glasses, but they are excited for them to experience the eclipse.

“It’s a wonderful experience for them to partake in and something that  they probably won’t be able to do maybe again in their lifetime,” parent Sarah Johnson said.

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