Bedford County School Children Unable to View Solar Eclipse
For many children, the upcoming solar eclipse slated to occur on Monday, August 21 will be the first experience of such an event in their lifetime. Unfortunately for Bedford County students; they will not get the privilege of safely viewing the phenomena. The peak viewing time will be 2:40 pm for our area. For most schools, this is the time of school dismissal.
Many surrounding counties schools will get to safely experience the viewing. School districts such as Lynchburg City, Botetourt County, Franklin County, and Alleghany County have purchased CE certified solar eclipse glasses so that administrators, staff and students will be able to partake in the event. This was due to generous donations from local companies and donors. Franklin County has even extended the students school day to allow for the eclipse experience.
Parents and guardians of Bedford County students received a letter explaining the lack of funding for the glasses and have let parents know they will be allowed to keep their children home from school that day or dismiss them early with no penalty. There will be no outside recess or activities the day of the eclipse in an effort to keep the children safe.
The Bedford County School system is asking for donations to provide students with the safety glasses. Just a mere $10 will fund enough glasses for an entire classroom. Total cost will be over $5,000 to provide glasses for the entire district. Glasses cost roughly $.50 apiece. If you wish to make a donation please contact Ryan Edwards, Public Relations Coordinator for Bedford County Schools at (540) 586-1045 Ext. 256 or he can be emailed at [email protected]