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Upcoming Solar Eclipse Leads To School Closing Rumors

There are posts on the internet that claim some schools are closing Monday to protect against liability if kids look straight at the sun. While that is one of the latest rumors, some Georgia districts have decided to close on “eclipse day.”
There are posts on the internet that claim some schools are closing Monday to protect against liability if kids look straight at the sun. While that is one of the latest rumors, some Georgia districts have decided to close on “eclipse day.”
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Rumors about Monday’s solar eclipse are flying around the internet.

The latest: Some schools are closing to protect against liability if kids look straight at the sun.

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Astronomy educator Stephen Ramsden says just because there is an eclipse, it doesn’t mean the sun is going to be any brighter that day.

“There is a lot of fear, internet-hoax types, going on. There is absolutely nothing any more or less safe about a solar eclipse than any other time of the year,” says Ramsden, director and founder of Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project.

Yet, some school districts in Georgia have decided to close Monday. They include Union County Schools, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, Long County Schools, Effingham County Schools and Liberty County Schools.

To ensure safety when looking at the eclipse, it is important to have a pair of NASA-certified solar eclipse glasses with an ISO of 1231-2:2015.

CORRECTION: This report has been updated to correct the spelling of Stephen Ramsden’s name.