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A Pennsylvania school district canceled outdoor recess during the solar eclipse


A Pennsylvania school district announced that children won't be allowed outside for recess during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse due to concerns about students looking at the sun.

The Cumberland Valley School District told parents in a letter on Monday that the decision was made after officials consulted with the district's physician. School officials said in the letter that while the opportunity to view the eclipse is rare, the safety of the students is more important.

Those in Central Pennsylvania will see a partial eclipse sometime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time on Monday.

NASA has recommended that people wear specially-made glasses while viewing the eclipse to prevent eye damage.

The Cumberland Valley School District isn't alone in taking eclipse-related precautions.

The Hamilton County (Tennessee) School District announced it will close all schools and school-age childcare on Aug. 21, according to our affiliate WTVC. The eclipse will reach totality in the area at approximately 2:30 p.m. local time, which means many schools would be dismissing during the event, and Hamilton County schools spokeswoman Amy Katcher said buses would be on the county’s busy roads.

Here are some tips for viewing the solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse viewing tips

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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