Phenix City schools to remain in class for solar eclipse; releases list of precautionary measures

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — Phenix City schools will be open on Monday, August 21 for the solar eclipse, according to the board of education.

In a release, the Phenix City Board of Education says safety is their first priority and each school has established procedures to ensure safety to all students during the event.

Here are a list of precautionary measures from the Phenix City Board of Education.

  • Each school’s principal will approve any solar eclipse viewing and the procedures. Parents will receive notification from the school regarding the event.
  • Teachers will discuss the hazards of viewing a solar eclipse without proper eyewear and instruct students not to view the eclipse while departing from school or while riding home.
  • Parents are encouraged to discuss the hazards of viewing a solar eclipse without proper eyewear and instruct students not to view the eclipse while departing from school or while riding home.
  • Any student participating in the eclipse viewing will be required to have a completed permission form.
    • All solar eclipse glasses will be certified by either NASA or the American Astronomical Society and will comply with ISO 12312-2, the international safety standard for filters.
    • While outside, students will be required to wear the solar eclipse glasses the entire time.
  • During the eclipse, all physical education classes will be held indoors.
  • Students who have afternoon recess will have recess indoors.
  • Parents may choose to opt out of any solar eclipse-viewing event.
  • Prior to 1 p.m., parents may check students out of school with no penalty. The checkout will be excused.
  • Students not viewing the solar eclipse may be permitted to view video coverage of the event.
  • All teachers will provide learning opportunities supporting the aforementioned event.

The solar eclipse will take place Monday, August 21.

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