Several Flagstaff schools will be giving students a chance to safely view the solar eclipse and at the same time honor the request of traditional Navajo students who do not wish to view the eclipse.
Most schools, such as DeMiguel and Marshall elementaries, Sinagua Middle, Summit High School and Basis Flagstaff, will have some classes going outside to view the eclipse with safety solar glasses. These students should have had permission slips signed by their parents.
Other schools such as Knoles and Cromer elementary schools and Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy are going a bit further. Most students at Knoles will stay indoors but the fourth-grade classes will be experimenting with pin-hole cameras and wearing solar glasses during the eclipse. At Cromer Elementary students will have glasses and be working with pin-hole cameras and a solar telescope.
Students at FALA will be outside with glasses and watching a live stream of a group of FALA students and FALA science teacher Richard Krueger, who traveled to Oregon to see the total eclipse.
At Leupp Public School, all students will be kept indoors during the eclipse, said Principal Ryan Chee. The school will also adjust window blinds and encourage students, staff and teachers to lower their voices. There will be no outdoor science classes and no running in physical education classes. Lunch will also be served after the eclipse has finished, a snack will be offered before the eclipse. This is to honor the traditional Navajo culture of not eating, drinking, being physically active or looking at the eclipse. The Navajo people believe viewing an eclipse can lead to eye problems and eating or drinking during an eclipse can lead to stomach problems.
Parents who have sent in written directions for their students will have their requests honored, Chee said.