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Cheyenne schools ready for educational eclipse experience, stress safety

(Photo by Dan Cepeda)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — As the city anticipates a partial solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, Laramie County School District 1 is seizing this as a prime educational opportunity. Despite not being in the path of totality, Cheyenne residents will witness 60% of the eclipse, presenting a teachable moment for students and educators alike.

To prioritize health, LCSD1 has set strict guidelines for eclipse day. Outdoor instruction and recess are off the table between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., coinciding with the event’s timeline. The move aims to protect the school community, as viewing the eclipse without proper protection poses significant risks.

Lunchtime will proceed indoors as usual, ensuring that students and staff remain safe. The district advises against direct eclipse viewing without specialized eye protection, echoing NASA’s safety warnings.

Parents wishing to keep their children home for the eclipse can secure an excused absence through the school. LCSD1 encourages contacting the attendance clerk or the child’s teacher to arrange this.

For those keen on experiencing the eclipse, the district recommends eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers. This advice comes with a reminder: Except during the totality phase, which Cheyenne will not experience, it’s unsafe to look directly at the sun.