Concerns over eclipse glasses prompt Clarksville Community Schools to dismiss early Monday
The plans being made to send students home before the eclipse begins.
CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Clarksville Community Schools will dismiss on Monday before the eclipse begins.
School officials say growing concerns over the safety of various types of solar eclipse protective glasses is the reason. The administration doesn't feel the eclipse glasses purchased by the district are safe enough.
The district will dismiss students early, so they can view the eclipse under parental supervision.
Clarksville Elementary School: 11:55 a.m. (No PM Preschool)
Clarksville Middle School: 12:20 p.m.
Clarksville High School: 12:30 p.m.
Renaissance Academy: 12:30 p.m.
Clarksville Community School Corporation is the latest district to adjust plans over safety concerns. Many schools are being forced to alter plans because of the unavailability of protective eyewear. Other districts are dismissing late to keep children safe.
Everyone who views the eclipse should have protective eyewear or eclipse sunglasses. The American Astronomical Society, backed by NASA, authored a list of reputable solar viewer brands.
Look for the name and address of one of the 15 manufacturers on the inside of your glasses, along with the ISO number, 12312-2.
Safe glasses come with a special lens made with mylar. When you put them on, the view should be completely black until you look at the sun. Ophthalmologist Brennan Greene said it's a real concern, noting that the wrong glasses can cause your pupils to dilate, allowing more of the damaging rays to enter your eyes.
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