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Posted in on April 2, 2024

Eclipse glasses donated by the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

In case you didn’t know, there’s a big eclipse heading the Arlington ISD way next Monday, April 8.

While we know the forecast doesn’t look promising right now, the district has already taken several steps in hopes that the clouds part and Arlington ISD students and staff members can take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as we’re in the area of totality for the eclipse.

The first thing to remember is that Monday is a regular school day. Attendance will be taken, and absences will count as usual. All students can participate in watching the eclipse outside regardless of grade level. The district sent opt-out forms to parents if they would rather the student remain inside the school for the eclipse.

All Arlington ISD students are also equipped with approved glasses thanks to a donation from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The district is also taking steps to ensure that everyone understands how to safely use the glasses.

Campuses are also going all out, whether it’s the school-wide watch party at Hill Elementary that will feature a DJ or the Eclipse Celebration and STAAR pep rally that will happen at Berry Elementary, our campuses are prepared for the big day.

What do we need from everyone else? Patience of course.

With Arlington in the area of totality, the district anticipates there will be extra traffic in the city. The good news is that the biggest part of the eclipse happens right in the middle of the school day. But we know that the extra traffic could slow arrival and dismissal. We want to make sure all our students and staff members make it to and from school safely on the big day.

We also need one other thing from everyone – good thoughts for a sunny day. And read our five tips to view the eclipse safely.