School districts make plans for the solar eclipse viewing on Aug. 21

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The New Albany Floyd County School Corporation has been working on its plan for this month's solar eclipse for the past few weeks.

Permission slips are going home making sure parents are OK with their child viewing the eclipse in person, If not, they can also stay inside and watch a live stream. 

"I'm really excited, because I've never been alive to see it before," said Nathan Samsel, a sixth grader at Scribner Middle School.

The School Corporation ordered a few thousand certified glasses that students can share. District officials said after the eclipse, they can be used in science classes to look at the sun.

"The entire eclipse is about two hours," said Dr. Steve Griffin, Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools at NAFC. "The full 96 percent eclipse is only two to three minutes, but leading up to that and after that is a two-hour window. So we feel every student should be able to see part of this eclipse first."

Griffin added that the corporation will allow school absences if student want to view the eclipse with their family.

Prime viewing is expected to be between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Here is a link to the glasses NAFC purchased last week. They're expected to arrive this week.

"Safety is the No. 1 priority and informing our parents and educating our students of what is going on," Griffin said.

On the other side of the river, JCPS released this information.

"JCPS students and staff will be able to be outside during the eclipse for instructional opportunities if the school has proper safety equipment and is following proper safety procedures. Schools will be communicating with families about instructional plans for August 21.

If a student is missing school to view the eclipse, parents need to fill out an educational enhancement opportunity form with the school by August 16 in order for that absence to be considered as excused. JCPS has not made a final determination on whether afternoon dismissal will be delayed. The district will be communicating with parents, students and employees once that plan is finalized."

Hardin County Schools said each school will dismiss 20 to 30 minutes later than normal on Aug. 21 so that every student can view the eclipse safely.

"It's going to be really, really awesome and rare to see," Samsel said.

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