Benicia Unified School District

Solar Eclipse Information | Monday, April 8, 2024

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Posted On: April 6, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Benicia and our surrounding region will have a unique and exciting opportunity to experience a partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, casting the moon’s shadow on Earth. The partial eclipse is expected to maximize at about 35% coverage between 10:14 am and 12:16 pm, with the most coverage occurring around 11:15 am.

While this rare phenomenon will generate significant interest, it is essential to consider the safety of our students. To ensure curious eyes do not look directly at the sun without proper eyewear, the District will follow a rainy day schedule to minimize outdoor activity between 10:15 am and 12:15 pm, including recess, lunch, and physical education, as much as possible. Please know that students may need to be outside during passing periods to use restrooms, etc. Therefore, we ask families and staff to reinforce safety during this time.

The District may provide live streaming opportunities as available. If staff have arranged to give a viewing lesson with safety glasses, they have been reminded to monitor activities closely to ensure they are well-planned and safe. Also, if you opt your child out of outdoor viewing activities, the school site will have an alternative activity and location for your student during that time.

Parents, please remind your student to never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection, such as eclipse glasses or solar filters.

Below, you will find resource links, including access to a live stream of the event that teachers can show their students. This is an excellent opportunity to integrate real-world experiences into our instruction.

Exploratorium Eclipse Page
NASA’s Eclipse Page

Damon Wright, Ed.D.
Benicia Unified School District