Maryville City Schools to close for August 21 total solar eclipse

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 12, 2017

Not only is the eclipse a rare event to witness, but it also falls on the first day of school for many area public schools, including KISD.

Students will attend school on Friday to make up the hours missed on Monday.

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. The school system has acquired 7,000 solar eclipse glasses, one for every teacher, student, staff member, and parent volunteer. And in Kentucky, a biology teacher at a private high school is offering 23 students a chance at a field trip to view the eclipse on the "path of totality", but first they'll have to turn in an application convincing him that they deserve to go. Grade-level lesson plans have been distributed to all of the schools. "I am so grateful to our school system for being so supportive and capitalizing on this phenomenal teaching moment in our student's lives".

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Many of these districts, including Union and Washington, plan to send or have sent students home with eclipse glasses and eclipse teaching materials in advance of August 21.

In order to view the solar eclipse safely, NASA stresses using eclipse glasses certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard.

The Granite School District is spending about $30,000 on protective glasses for all 68,000 students, and the Salt Lake City School District is leaving decisions about viewing activities up to local school administrators. NASA has created an Eclipse 101 site with resources on how to safely watch the event, eclipse history and common misconceptions.

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