Kirkwood School District is ready for Eclipse Day

Kirkwood is one of the school districts in our area having classes on Eclipse Day, August 21. (Credit: KMOV)

Kirkwood is one of the school districts in the St. Louis area having classes on Eclipse Day, August 21.

News 4 wanted to know what they're doing to keep kids safe while encouraging them to witness the event.

School leaders in the Kirkwood School District are ready. They've ordered 13,000 safety glasses to help create the safest viewing experience they can on Eclipse Day. School leaders are telling News 4, two weeks out, their educators started training months ago.

Sophia Alexander and Gia Borbonus are ready to watch the eclipse on their fourth day of school.

"I think it would be really cool to see with my friends, researching it and all of those things," said Alexander.

Nearly 6,000 students spread across 10 campuses in the Kirkwood School District are expected to go outside to watch the eclipse.

"I thought it happened every day since the moon passes in front of the sun, but because of the path it takes, it is not exactly in front of the sun," said Borbonus.

Kirkwood's Assistant Superintendent of Schools and his team started getting ready for the big event months ago.

"It's worth the work from the science and educational aspects, it does not happen every day here. It's very exciting and really a once in a lifetime experience for the students," Dr. Bryan Painter.

Dr. Painter wants to make sure that experience stays safe for the district.

Teachers and staff began watching eclipse safety videos and attending workshops during the last school year.

Making sure 13,000 safety glasses are worn properly will help make sure things go well.

"For our younger kids, we have some elastic to stick around the glasses, so it keeps them on," added Dr. Painter.

After teaching science 20 years, Joe Bartin is excited to see his students witness this event.

"When kids put on those eclipse glasses, they'll see the sun in a way they've never seen it before. When the moon blocks the sun, they'll see parts of the sun that are impossible to see when there is not a total eclipse," said Bartin.

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