How local school districts plan to keep children safe during solar eclipse

Posted at 6:35 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 09:35:02-04

School Districts across Southwest Florida are preparing for the highly anticipated solar eclipse.

The Lee County School District sent a note to all parents in the District this week via phone, text and email ahead of the rare celestial event on Monday.

The solar eclipse is marked by the moon passing between the sun and the earth. It is expected to occur on August 21st between 1:15pm and 4:20 pm, with the peak at 2:53 pm - a time when many students at area schools will either be in school or will be heading home.

Because Southwest Florida will only see a partial eclipse, experts say the sight could be damaging to the naked eye, even with sunglasses on.

The Lee and Collier County School Districts have said they plan to move all outdoor activities indoors during the eclipse and alter dismissal procedures for cars and buses, if necessary - which may create delays.

Lee County School District plans to keep students in their classrooms during normal class change times during the eclipse. Parent permission will also be requested before students can participate in eclipse observation times.

Charlotte County Schools says it won't be delaying buses but will be moving recess, PE, and all after school activities indoors during the eclipse.

Dismissal times are not expected to be affected. The Districts urge drivers who will be picking up their children to be extra cautious on Monday.