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TASD to Dismiss Early for Eclipse; TAHS Students to Get Free Eclipse Viewing Glasses

Tyrone High School science teacher Ron Wilson with a pair of the eclipse viewing glasses that all high school students will get on April 8.

Tyrone Area School District students will be home in time to view the solar eclipse on April 8, and they will be given the proper eyewear to experience it.

Tyrone Superintendent Leslie Estep announced today that school will dismiss early on April 8 so that all student drivers and busses will be off the roads before the moon begins to pass in front of the sun beginning at 2:03 pm and lasting until 4:32 pm. The peak of the eclipse in our area will be at 3:19 pm.

Most importantly, make sure you don’t look directly into the sun unless you are using certified glasses

— TAHS science teacher Ron Wilson

“The decision to dismiss early was made in consultation with our board members, school leaders in our area, and our solicitors,” Estep said in an email to staff.

The elementary school will dismiss at 12:50 pm, followed by the middle and high school at 12:55 pm. Afternoon pre-school will be cancelled but students may attend the morning session. Daycare will close at 2:00 pm.

Tyrone science teacher Ron Wilson also has an eclipse-related surprise gift for all TAHS students: every high school student will be given free solar eclipse viewing glasses before they leave school on April 8, courtesy of a donation made to the school by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and the Pennsylvania State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Having special glasses like the ones students will receive on April 8 is the only way to view the eclipse with complete safety.

Viewing the sun directly without proper eye protection can cause serious and long-term vision damage. That’s why the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is warning people to watch out for counterfeit and fake eclipse glasses that have been turning up across the country.

The glasses that Mr. Wilson will distribute to students from Penn State have been certified and approved as authentic and safe.

According to experts, this will be the longest total solar eclipse in the United States since 1806. It will also be the darkest U.S. total solar eclipse for 217 years, and the last total eclipse visible to mainland North America until 2044.

Wilson said that although the Tyrone area is not in the zone of total blackout (for that you will need to travel to the Erie area), residents of Tyrone and the surrounding area will see a partial eclipse for 2 hours 28 minutes.

At its peak, the moon will obscure 95.6% of the sun over the Tyrone sky. This will create a “partial shadow,” known as a penumbra.

Wilson had additional advice for everyone interested in viewing this rare astronomical event.

“Most importantly, make sure you don’t look directly into the sun unless you are using certified glasses,” Wilson said. “Also make it to an area that is safe and clear of buildings and trees.”

Junior Lexi Hess models a pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses that will be distributed to all TAHS students on April 8. (Fabria Brower)
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Alex Shock
Alex Shock, Staff Writer
Alex Shock is a senior entering his first year in Eagle Eye Newspaper. This year, he is going to be active in multiple different clubs and groups. These groups consist of Youth Action Network (YAN), Golden Revolution, and the Ski Club in the winter season. All of the said clubs will surely look great on his resume when he applies for PennWest Clarion University, hoping to achieve a Master's degree in Psychology. Alex enjoys watching and playing basketball in his free time, as well as hanging out with friends and family. A fun fact about Alex is that he was born and spent the majority of his childhood in none other than Bellwood, Tyrone's biggest rival!
Fabria Brower
Fabria Brower, Staff Writer
Fabria typically publishes the Teacher Of The Week articles here at Tyrone, but outside of her life in the Eagle Eye room, she enjoys spending time out in nature, hanging out with her friends, and (like most teenagers) sleeping. Fabria is a senior at TAHS and this will be her third year working in the Eagle Eye room. She loves animals, reading, and listening to music. Her favorite things to do are hiking in the mountains and going on new adventures. Fabria is a very open-minded person who is ready to give the Eagle Eye audience the stories they deserve!

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