Safe eclipse viewing planned for Calcasieu students

Published 8:16 pm Friday, April 5, 2024

When students return to school on Monday, April 8, the highly anticipated solar eclipse will be taking place.

“While events like this are incredible to experience, it’s important for the district to continue to prioritize the safety of students during this time,” said Calcasieu Parish School Board spokesperson Holly Holland. “Viewing an eclipse, even a partial one, without proper precautions is not safe.”

The district will be implementing safety measures and viewing opportunities for students, she said.

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At many CPSB schools, teachers will take this opportunity to educate students about the science behind eclipses and the importance of protecting their eyes during such events. Many district teachers will likely offer viewing of the eclipse via livestream as well. 

After 12 p.m., students will not be allowed outside for activities such as recess or P.E., as the district does not want students unsafely attempting to view the eclipse. Some classes have ordered proper protective glasses, and those viewing plans will still be allowed with approval from administrators.

If parents or guardians wish to check their child out of school to view the eclipse, they can do so after 11:30 a.m., and it will be excused.

CPSB is asking parents to please visit with children about this event and how to participate safely.

”The safety of students, faculty, and staff will always remain the district’s priority, regardless of the event. This event is something we truly want students, faculty, and staff to enjoy in a safe manner,” Holland said.