Why the ‘Great American Eclipse’ has some school districts scared

Some students may have one more summer day off, thanks to the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

The “Great American Eclipse” will be a rare view for many Americans on a path from Oregon to South Carolina, the first solar eclipse to cross the country since 1918 — but it’s also a scary one for school districts. As an extra precaution, some school districts in the path of “totality” — where the sun will be completely covered for roughly two minutes — are canceling classes for the day, in an effort to avoid liability for any harm children may cause their eyes if they look directly at the sun without protection.

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