Across the country, some educators take a dim view of eclipse

As you may be aware, a solar eclipse will make its way across the United States Monday — and Idaho is right in the heart of the eclipse.

But across the country, some school districts are closing down or planning to keep kids inside, citing student health concerns.

Emily Richmond of the Education Writers Association has a blog post covering the national precautions — and the debate about what to do with kids during Monday’s rare celestial event.

“Kids go to school every day — kids go out onto the playground every day,” Dave Crowther, director of teacher education at the University of Nevada, Reno, and president of the National Science Teachers Association told USA Today. “This day is no different from any other day in school.”

People who watch the eclipse with the naked eye run the risk of long-lasting or permanent eye damage.

Eclipse day will be a mixed bag for Idaho students, as Idaho Education News’ Andrew Reed reported this week.

Some schools will use the unusual event as a learning opportunity, while some schools near the eclipse’s “path of totality” are hoping to make money by renting out camp sites. Some schools will be closed — largely because of traffic concerns, as thousands of spectators are expected to travel to Idaho’s prime viewing spots.

Visit us on Facebook Monday: We want to see how students and teachers experience the eclipse. Take your best picture (safely, of course) and submit it on our Facebook page, for the chance to win some Idaho Education News swag.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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