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FWISD Anticipates Total Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday, April 8

Fort Worth ISD is over the moon about the upcoming total solar eclipse event. 

On Monday, April 8, district students and staff will join millions across Texas and the nation in observing the skies to witness the moon as it passes between the Earth and the sun! It’s estimated that it will be another 300 years before a total solar eclipse is visible again in the Dallas-Fort Worth region after Monday. 

This rare event offers an excellent learning opportunity for students. The FWISD Science Department has been hard at work preparing activities and lesson plans to enrich the experience for students. Thanks to a generous donation, each FWISD student and staff member will receive protective glasses and will be allowed outside to safely view this once-in-a-lifetime event during the totality window. It is only safe to view the sun with protective glasses during the total solar eclipse. 

Local media outlets are reporting that DFW will experience nearly five minutes of totality – the longest of any other area in the United States! The eclipse is expected to begin around the lunchtime hour, with totality starting shortly after 1:30 p.m.

View this NASA video for more solar eclipse information. 

All students must have a signed permission slip to participate in the solar eclipse viewing event. We encourage parents and guardians to talk with their children about following teacher instructions and the importance of properly wearing their protective glasses to safely view the eclipse. For those students not participating in outdoor activities, engaging classroom activities are planned.

Increased traffic is predicted because of the eclipse on Monday that may affect bus schedules. Please plan for the day accordingly. 

We are looking forward to what promises to be a memorable experience with students. 

If you are a parent and have questions about the April 8 viewing event, please contact your child's campus.