Eclipse Viewing Plans For Monday Made By Some Fairfax City Schools

April 4, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

FAIRFAX CITY, VA — At least one City of Fairfax school will be taking advantage of Monday’s partial solar eclipse to teach students something about this rare event.

Daniels Run Elementary will be providing all of its students with eclipse viewing glasses, which they can wear during at an Eclipse Walk taking place from 3-3:30 p.m. on Monday, according to CFS spokeswoman Carrie Dorsey.

Although Fairfax High School was unable to secure eclipse viewing glasses for all of its students, some individual classes have planned activities around the eclipse.

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Katherine Johnson Middle School will be dismissing students at 2:15 p.m., which will be shortly after the eclipse begins. Dorsey reached out to some of the middle school’s afterschool clubs to see if they were planning any eclipse-related activities. She also contacted Providence Elementary about its plans for Monday afternoon. This story will be updated when that information becomes available.

Fairfax County Public Schools will not have any schedule changes on Monday, April 8 due to the partial solar eclipse. However, a spokesperson said, “we do have safety protocols in place to ensure students are protected while viewing the eclipse.” Because the eclipse may coincide with dismissal, schools are directing students and staff to solar eclipse educational and safety resources through the FCPS website.

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At least one county elementary schools will provide solar eclipse glasses to all students for a solar eclipse viewing event. The school will dismiss at its regular time after the partial solar eclipse’s peak.

In Fairfax County, several parks will host solar eclipse viewing events. Select Fairfax County Public Library locations will have solar eclipse glasses or viewing events.

Elsewhere in Northern Virginia, Arlington Public Schools is providing all students with solar eclipse viewing glasses. Loudoun County Public Schools and Prince William County Schools do not have any planned changes but encourage safety tips.

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In the United States, the path of totality extends from Texas to Maine, but each of the 48 continental states will see some of the solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon slips between our bright star and Earth.

In Fairfax City, the moon will cover about 87.7 percent of the sun at the peak of the eclipse, according to a NASA map that is searchable by ZIP code.

Here are the details:

The eclipse will last 2 hours and 28 minutes from beginning to end in Fairfax City.

Right now, it looks like we could have partly cloudy skies for the big event, according to NASA’s forecast.

If you know of any other eclipse-related events happening Monday in Fairfax City, please email Patch editor Michael O’Connell at so we can include it in our eclipse coverage.

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