Schools consider safety, liability concerns in solar eclipse viewing

Posted at 7:30 PM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 20:30:54-04

Just a few days remain until the solar eclipse. While some school districts' plans are set in stone, others are changing at the last minute.

Lee's Summit announced Wednesday school is canceled on Monday due to safety concerns and the fact that many students planned to travel anyway.

"We went from the party and the glasses and the excitement to forget it," Maegan Spencer, whose son attends Mason Elementary, said.

Lee's Summit cited concerns teachers wouldn't be able to ensure every student was properly wearing his or her protective eyewear, and it wasn't the only school district worried.

Grain Valley School District told 41 Action News that leadership consulted with legal firms before sending a letter to parents. One line reads, "There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not remove their eclipse glasses."

Similarly, Grandview C-4 School District wrote in an announcement, "There is no way to fully guarantee student safety during such a rare event." 

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With school out for the solar eclipse in Lee's Summit, Spencer plans to watch with her son at home. Even though the cancellation was last-minute, she told us she trusts the district.

"Any decision that they make, I know it's in the best interest of everyone," she said.

You can find links to districts' eclipse plans below:

Grandview C-4 School District

Independence School District

Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools 

Shawnee Mission School District