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Hillsborough Schools Plan Educational Opportunities and Safety Tips for Upcoming Solar Eclipse

August 14, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (August 14, 2017) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is planning for the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, April 21, with several educational opportunities and safety tips for our schools.

Our schools are encouraged to use this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for science learning. Principals and teachers are being provided information on safe viewing practices, which include viewing the eclipse through special glasses or an eclipse viewer box.

The eclipse will occur during school time and dismissal at our schools. Safety is a top priority. All school sponsored in-school and afterschool activities between 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. must take place indoors, unless it’s for educational eclipse lessons that follow safety procedures. Class changes, dismissals and other similar procedures can take place – but students will be reminded not to look at the sun, as it can cause permanent damage. The district is sending the attached information to schools and families reminding them, Don’t Look Up!

The Communications Office is gathering a list of schools that are planning eclipse lessons for potential coverage by interested media. Please contact Tanya Arja at (813) 272-4060 for more information.

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