With a $20,000 donation by the Keller ISD Education Foundation, all Keller ISD students will have access to International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, certified eclipse-viewing glasses.

The details

Chief Communications Officer Bryce Nieman said Keller ISD schools will be open during the eclipse on April 8.

“It will be mostly business as usual that day, though we will provide opportunities for all students to view the eclipse,” Nieman said. “Each school will handle the viewing differently, depending on their schedules and logistics of their campuses.”

What you need to know

According to the American Astronomical Society, those wishing to witness the eclipse should use eclipse glasses that meet international safety standards—also known as meeting ISO requirements.

According to NASA, North Texas is positioned to witness one of the best possible views of the eclipse because of the path of the moon. Beginning at approximately 12:23 p.m., the greater DFW region will experience a partial solar eclipse, which will then transition into a total solar eclipse at approximately 1:45 p.m. The total solar eclipse will last about four minutes, while the partial solar eclipse will last roughly two and a half hours.

Nieman said parents have been provided an opt-out form for any who do not wish for their students to view the eclipse outside. He added those students will have learning or viewing opportunities indoors while other students are outside viewing the eclipse.

Quote of note

“Considering the next such opportunity will not occur for another 20 years, we think this is an amazing learning opportunity, and we are excited for our students to have the opportunity to experience it in the middle of a school day,” Nieman said. “We definitely want to thank the Keller ISD Education Foundation for their generosity and commitment to supporting exceptional initiatives like this in our schools.”