Some schools are closing on eclipse day

"We want to be safe" said J.D. Sumner DCSS Spokesperson

The post says the eclipse will offer a "learning experience" for pupils leading up to the rare event.

The school system announced on Facebook Friday that students will be released from school one hour later than normal August 21.

Other school districts, including most in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, have acquired eclipse glasses for all students and are planning eclipse viewings and lessons for August 21.

"From science lessons about the eclipse, to readings of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court" in which a condemned prisoner uses prior knowledge of an eclipse to convince the king that he has special powers to "block out the sun" and thereby earns his release, to Moon Pie and Sun Chips treats, we want this to be a special and fun day of learning", said Thomas County School Superintendent Dr. The fact that the eclipse takes place during the time when classes dismiss has raised concerns about student safety and how to keep students safe and avoid eye damage. "I am so grateful to our school system for being so supportive and capitalizing on this phenomenal teaching moment in our student's lives". The speed at which this will occur is approximately 1 percent coverage per minute. Other school districts have chose to extend their school day by one hour and provide all of their students with eclipse glasses so students will be able to view the eclipse safely while under adult supervision.

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In order to view the solar eclipse safely, NASA stresses using eclipse glasses certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 worldwide safety standard. NASA has created an Eclipse 101 site with resources on how to safely watch the event, eclipse history and common misconceptions.

The amount of time that students will be outside will vary slightly by school but will be approximately an hour on average.

Nelson County Schools will be closed on Monday, Aug. 21, due to possible hazards posed the solar eclipse here in Kentucky.

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