Lincoln Public Schools plan for total solar eclipse

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LINCOLN, Neb. We are less than one month away from the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, and many people are getting their plans locked down for that day.

Lincoln Public Schools will be celebrating the event, which falls on a Monday.

LPS says the event is unique (only occurring once every 500 years in the Midwest), and they want to help make it something students will remember forever.

Science Curriculum Specialist Dr. James Blake says they have spent months preparing for more than 42,000 students and 8,000 staff members to be able to participate in the once in a lifetime event.

“We know it’s a great opportunity to be curious about your natural world,” said Dr. Blake. “Hopefully that builds into an interest that sticks with them for life.”

There can be some risk involved with looking directly at the sun so safety has been a top priority as LPS prepares for the big day. Every student will be given special viewing glasses that make it safe to look at the eclipse.

If parents are still uncomfortable allowing their children to participate in the viewing, there is a way to opt-out.

“It’s an alternative experience. They’ll still have a guided and meaningful experience from inside. They can look out windows. They can even go under awnings that are attached to the door. They can see it, hear it, and feel it— they just won’t be looking directly at the sun.”

For more information on what LPS has planned, click here.