By now you’ve likely heard everything there is to know about the big solar eclipse Monday.
Just in case, here are a few last-minute reminders:
▪ Viewing in the Fort Worth area begins at about 11:40 a.m. with the maximum partial eclipse at roughly 1:08 p.m. when about 75 percent of the sun will be blocked.
▪ Don’t look directly at the sun with the naked eye and instead use special glasses.
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▪ For indirect viewing, create a simple pinhole projection or special viewer, or join watch parties (if you’re lucky enough to have the day off or just take a long lunch break) such at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, TCU and UT Arlington just to name a few.
▪ If you’re stuck inside at work or even at home, you can watch the eclipse on your computer, cellphone or laptop via NASA’s live stream.
But what about North Texas students and teachers, many who are coincidentally returning for the first day of school Monday?
Will they be able to partake in this rare occurrence?
Many schools and teachers likely have been planning for the eclipse and will incorporate it into their lesson plans as a science or learning experiment.
The Fort Worth school district sent an email to families Sunday including guidelines that principals, teachers and parents should follow.
The email states that “there are classes with scheduled, safe activities to view the eclipse,” but “it does, however, strongly encourage the safeguarding of all students by limiting outside activities and monitoring students closely ... to ensure that they do not do themselves harm by while exercising natural curiosity.”
Dunn Elementary in Arlington has posted a note on its website asking parents to send a note of permission for their child to watch the eclipse.
Some schools around the country, particularly in the Midwest, have decided to treat it as a “snow day” and shut down, according to a report in The Washington Post. Some administrators are concerned that the eclipse’s peak would happen around the time of dismissal and it would be even more difficult to ensure their safety.