Dayton Christian closing for eclipse, other districts making plans
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - As the eclipse nears, there are various approaches, even indecision from local school districts about keeping students safe.
Dayton Christian schools announced it will close on Monday, after glasses they ordered for students were recalled. They aren't alone. Earlier this week. the Piqua Library warned residents their shipment of glasses was recalled, also. Even Amazon is warning customers who bought glasses that weren't certified.
Some parents at Dayton Christian are praising the school's decision.
"Honestly, I think it's great," said Jamie Broughton. "We're going to spend it together, and I might take off work, actually."
"We had purchased glasses for our 5th and 6th graders, and expected to be able to use those," said John Gredy, Dayton Christian Head of Schools. "Found out they were not to code."
The district decided not to take any chances with the health and safety of students.
"If you look at the time our students actually are loading the buses and being dismissed, it's right in the key time," Gredy said.
Dayton Christian will continue evening activities at 4 p.m. Monday.
Normandy Elementary in Centerville said they will have morning recess and keep students in the building after noon. They will also have additional staff on hand at dismissal to make sure students walk directly to the bus.
Springfield City Schools said multiple classrooms have planned events or have purchased glasses to allow students to watch the eclipse safely, while overs have planned to watch it inside, but none of the schools are scheduled to dismiss during the height of the eclipse.
Xenia interim Superintendent Christy Fielding said the district has decided to cancel schools as a decision to keep their kids safe, and athletic schedules will be revised with start times.
Springboro City Schools tried ordering glasses for 5th through 8th grades, but only one shipment came in for a 5th grade class at Dennis Elementary. Right now, 6th graders won't get a glimpse outside. Families in grades 7th and 8th are asked to send in approved glasses with their students, and a permission slip.
However, even those willing to buy glasses themselves don't know where to turn, as stock nationwide is running out. Fox 45 checked several stores near the Dayton Mall, including Kroger, Lowe's, Toys"R"Us, and Walmart.
"We were hoping as well to get some for the kids," Broughton said. "We just ran into what they ran into, you just couldn't trust anything."
If you do find a pair, they must have an 'ISO' certified logo, and the number 12312. You can find a list of approved brands here.
Fox 45's Shavon Anderson talked with officials in Springfield City Schools, who said they are not dismissing early, but there will be a district-wide meeting tomorrow to discuss a detailed plan.
Dayton Public Schools is operating normally, but plans to incorporate the eclipse into classwork.
Dayton Christian parents aren't worried about one less day.
"I think there's enough school days," Broughton said. "They can make up."