Submitted by Libertyville School District 70
On its opening day of school for teachers, Aug. 21, which was an Institute Day, Libertyville School District 70 handed out some 350 disposable, but safety-approved, eclipse glasses.
The glasses were purchased in June from eclipse2017.org, along with instructions on how to safely use the glasses and information about viewing times for the eclipse. The district provided teachers with the protective eyewear in case they wanted to experience the eclipse while working in their classrooms from noon to 3 p.m.
The eclipse offered a bit of a theme for the district's opening day, as the sun rises on a new school year. Superintendent Dr. Guy Schumacher shared details about the eclipse in his summer newsletter to staff, and a group photo was taken at Copeland Manor School.
Pam Imholz, D70 director of technology, thought of the idea because "the eclipse is an extremely rare event, and we're dealing with teachers who might want to witness the event and teach about it during the school year.
"We bought the glasses primarily because we wanted our staff to safely view the eclipse. We wanted to be sure they would have the proper tools to participate if they wanted to for the brief moment of the partial eclipse. We're talking a max of two minutes. We're fortunate because we will be at 86 percent, just a sliver, with less than two minutes to observe."
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