Midstate school district: No outdoor recess during eclipse

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 15, 2017 8:33 AM

Amateur astronomer Mike Conley practices with the telescope he will use to document the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, at his home in Salem, Ore. Conley is part of a project led by the National Solar Observatory to have dozens of citizen-scientists posted across the U.S. photograph the celestial event in an effort to create a live movie of its path that will help scientists learn more about the sun's corona. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

(Mechanicsburg) -- A midstate school district says children won't be let outside for recess during next Monday's solar eclipse because of the potential harm to students who look at the sun.

The Cumberland Valley School District has sent a letter to parents saying the decision was made after consulting the district's physician.

It says it recognizes the opportunity to view an eclipse is rare, but the safety of students is more important.

NASA officials recommend viewing the eclipse through specially-made glasses to prevent eye damage.

Central Pennsylvania will see a partial eclipse on August 21st sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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