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How Baldwin County School District and Georgia College Are Partnering to Encourage Safe Viewing of The Great North American Eclipse



On April 8, 2024, the Great North American Eclipse will offer a unique celestial spectacle across the United States, with Georgia expecting to witness a partial solar eclipse, where approximately 65% to 80% of the sun will be obscured, depending on location and weather. The Baldwin County School District, recognizing the educational significance of this event, has taken proactive steps to ensure the safety and engagement of its students by partnering with Georgia College to provide certified solar eclipse glasses. This initiative is in response to the anticipated partial eclipse visibility in Georgia from 1:45 PM to 4:20 PM, with the peak coverage around 3:05 PM, ensuring all participants can safely enjoy this astronomical phenomenon.


With a focus on safety, educational enrichment, and community involvement, Baldwin County School District encourages families to leverage this opportunity for a shared learning experience. While this natural phenomenon does provide a unique learning opportunity and is an exciting experience for our students, we urge parents to review the safety precautions and discuss them with their children to ensure the safety of their eyes. 


SAFE VIEWING PRECAUTIONS

  • DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITH YOUR BARE EYES.

  • Students may sometimes ignore the warnings and try to look at the eclipse.

  • Younger students/children should be supervised during the event.

  • Do not be fooled by online Do It Yourself eclipse glasses or other alternatives. Students should use the viewing glasses provided by their school.

  • Only certified Eclipse Glasses should be utilized. There were reports from the 2017 eclipse in which people who used fake glasses received permanent eye damage.



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