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Solar eclipse activities planned for students in Athens

The Clarke County School District says it is planning educational activities around the upcoming solar eclipse. Athens will get a glimpse of the April event. Although some schools in some cities are closing for the day, the central office on Prince Avenue says Clarke County schools will be open. Students will be given the special glasses needed to safely watch the eclipse that will take place on the afternoon of April 8.

From the CCSD website…

As you may know, there will be a total solar eclipse over North America on the afternoon of Monday, April 8, when the moon’s shadow will block the sun causing the sky to turn unusually dark during the daytime. While Georgia is located east of the path of totality, Clarke County will experience a partial eclipse from 1:46 to 4:21 p.m. with the sky becoming the darkest at the peak time of 3:04 p.m. At this time, it is estimated that the moon’s shadow will cover approximately 80% of the sun.

CCSD will operate on a normal school schedule on April 8, and every student, grades PK-12, will be given a pair of glasses specially designed for them to view the eclipse safely. Elementary school students will dismiss at their normal time, and students will take their glasses home with them. Middle and high school students will be able to view the eclipse during school hours. Grade-appropriate instructional activities and resources have also been provided to all schools to make this a memorable and meaningful educational experience for our students.

CCSD will operate on a normal school schedule on April 8, and every student, grades PK-12, will be given a pair of glasses specially designed for them to view the eclipse safely. Elementary school students will dismiss at their normal time, and students will take their glasses home with them. Middle and high school students will be able to view the eclipse during school hours. Grade-appropriate instructional activities and resources have also been provided to all schools to make this a memorable and meaningful educational experience for our students.

As we prepare for this rare and spectacular event, we want to stress that students and families should wear these glasses to view the eclipse safely. We encourage you to review this safety information , courtesy of NASA, in preparation for the event.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact your child’s school directly.

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