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Bulldogs Prepare Fun and Learning for Partial Eclipse on April 8

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Parent/guardians can complete an opt-out form for their children if they wish

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will cross over the United States. The eclipse will be visible in Missouri, and the “totality” begins around 1:56 p.m. CDT. The Kansas City area will be able to witness a partial eclipse. Our teachers are excited to make this a fun and valuable learning experience for our students.

On April 8, all Kearney School District students will be allowed to go outside and participate in activities and view the partial solar eclipse unless they are opted-out by their parents/guardians. Teachers will be providing additional details regarding viewing locations for their particular class as the event approaches.

As always, student safety is our top concern. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. KSD has purchased and will provide eclipse glasses for all students and participants who attend the outdoor activities during this event.

Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures, including making students aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun. At no time should students or participants remove their eclipse glasses and look directly at the sun as it could cause permanent eye damage or other unknown effects. There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not remove their eclipse glasses, so please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse glasses on at all times during this event.

  • If you DO NOT want your child to participate in outdoor viewing activities planned during the eclipse, please review, sign and submit the opt-out form by 8 a.m. on April 8. A link to the opt-out form was included in an email sent directly to all KSD parents/guardians. A separate form must be completed for each student you wish to opt-out. Alternative activities will be held inside during this period.
  • If you DO want your child to participate in their school’s eclipse activities, then no further action is required.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the activities planned during the eclipse. Email if you have any questions about the opt-out form.

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