How local schools will let kids see eclipse safely

TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - The peak of the 2017 solar eclipse will happen while many area kids are at school. Just about all those schools have events planned around it but what about safety, especially for curious kids who should not be looking directly at the sun?

The 13abc I-Team getting some answers from area school districts.

No current school aged kids have ever seen a solar eclipse. So it's a rare opportunity but one that could have a lasting, dangerous effect if they don't listen to what their teachers say. Teachers who are prepared.

At Toth Elementary in Perrysburg Friday they were already learning solar eclipse lessons. Lesson #1 was not looking directly at the sun.

"For us it's that balancing act that we have to do. Which is allow for this great learning opportunity to be fully exploited and at the same time making sure kids are doing the right things and putting kids in a position where they're going to be successful," said Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler.

At Perrysburg schools, elementary kids will not be leaving the building to see the eclipse, they'll watch it on a smart board. Older kids will be using eclipse glasses or projects they've made to safely look.

"It's a tremendous opportunity. It ties into so much of what they're doing in class and it hits so many different areas. You just have to grab those opportunities and really make the most of them," said Hosler.

"It will be spectacular. Again the kids have never had an opportunity and many adults to see such an event," said Lynn Nedrow, 7th grade teacher at Timberstone Junior High.

At Timberstone in Sylvania the science department purchased glasses for all students. Announcements have been made, notes have gone home asking parents to talk to their kids about enjoying the eclipse safely.

"We will have talked about how critical it is to use the solar eclipse glasses, understanding that sun glasses or even just a quick peak of the sun with the bare eye can destroy the retina of the eye and cause retina damage," said Nedrow.

At Toledo Public Schools, they're making sure all kids have signed permission slips before the kids can use the glasses or projects to see the eclipse.

"It's an outstanding educational experience that doesn't happen very often. It is apart of science in terms of the rotation of the earth and the moon and the sun but safety is the name of the game,” said Jim Gault, assistant superintendent of Toledo Public Schools.

13abc also spoke with school officials from Oregon and Findlay. They say no kids will be outside looking at the eclipse without the glasses. They have left most of the specific events, lessons and plans to the individual teacher.

So if parents have questions, it's best to check with the child's teacher.