Local Schools Taking Precautions for Eclipse Viewing

Local schools that will be in session on Monday are making plans to make sure kids don't run onto the playground and damage their eyes looking at the long awaited solar eclipse, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Most area school don't start classes until August 28, but the San Antonio ISD began classes this week.  Spokeswoman Leslie Price says they are taking precautions.

"Anyone outside at that time is going to be monitored," Price said.  "We do know that some science teachers are going to be having some activities."

She says any organized eclipse watching will be done using approved eclipse glasses which have already been acquired for the purpose.  Other viewing will be done using pinhole viewers.

"Everyone has been advised of the safety precautions," she said.  "We are making sure that everybody who is outside at that time is using the approved safe ways to view it."

She says while the eclipse is a major science class event, the key is to make sure everybody understands the long term potential risks of unaided viewing of the eclipse.

The bulk of the eclipse here will take place between 12 and about 1:30 on Monday, and Price says few students have recess during the lunch hour anyway.

She says many younger students will simply watch the eclipse in the safety of their classrooms on one of the many live streams that will be avalable.

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