• Se the total eclipse of the sun safely at school April 8, 2024

  • Total Eclipse - Monday, April 8, 2024

    On Monday, April 8, we will be in the path of totality for the once-in-a-lifetime Great North American Eclipse. We are excited to share this milestone with our EMS ISD community!

    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Houston Museum of Natural Science in partnership with Buc-ee’s  have generously donated protective eyewear that meets the requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard, which all students will be required to wear.

    Perot Museum Lenses:

    • meet the requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard
    • manufactured by American Paper Optics a North American manufacturer on the AAS list

    Houston Museum of Natural Science/Buc-ee’s Viewers:

    • meet the requirements of the ISO 12312-2 international standard
    • manufactured by Rainbow Symphony a North American manufacturer on the AAS list

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s campus. We look forward to celebrating this historic event! 

    Start of the partial eclipse for Saginaw, TX will begin at 12:22 PM CDT and end at 3:01 PM CDT. Total eclipse will take place at 1:41:44 PM CDT and last until 1:42:43 PM CDT. Spectators in the Saginaw area will observe 99.9% obscuration of the Sun during this time.  

    For an interactive map of the path of totality and exact times for a specific area, spectators may use this link to the Path of Totality interactive Google Eclipse map.

    Since the total eclipse occurs on a school day, EMS ISD will provide ISO certified viewing glasses for all students and staff to safely view this incredible phenomenon. Please ensure your child is in attendance to participate in engaging school-based activities.

group of 7 students wearing glasses to look at eclipse
  • Eclipse Safety

    There are many safety guidelines to follow when viewing a solar eclipse.  According to the NASA website, you should abide by the following during an eclipse:

    • glasses for viewing eclipse
    • Inspect eclipse glasses or handheld viewer. If torn, scratched or damaged - DISCARD THE DEVICE ALWAYS supervise children using solar viewers.
    • Concentrated solar rays will burn through optical device filters and cause serious eye injury. DO NOT look at the sun through the following devices:  
      • Camera lens
      • Telescope
      • Binoculars
      • Other optical device

    For further information on observing a solar eclipse without risking your eyes, you can visit the American Astronomical Society's webpage dedicated to eye safety: "How to Safely View a Solar Eclipse."


  • Video Resources

    1. National Geographic's Solar Eclipse 101 - Viewing Safety and Occurrence: (video below)
      To learn more about how solar eclipses occur and how to view the sun safety, go to National Geographic’s Solar Eclipse 101
    2. NASA - What Is an Annular Eclipse? (video below)
      To learn more about an annular eclipse, why it happens, and why it creates a “ring of fire” in the sky, visit NASA’s What Is an Annular Eclipse?

  • Eclipse Activities

    Eclipse cereal box viewer

    Eclipse Cereal Box Viewer

    Build your own solar eclipse viewer using a cereal box. Follow along using this video from NASA or use this step-by-step guide from StarNet.org.


    Colander and Solar Eclipse activity

    Colander and Solar Eclipse

    What do a colander and a piece of cardboard have in common? They can both be used to observe a solar eclipse. Use the tips and techniques on Exploratorium Solar Eclipse to get the best view of the eclipse—without damaging your eyes!


    Eclipse Chalk Art

    Eclipse Chalk Art

    Many years ago, even before cameras and telescopes, people who saw eclipses wrote down and drew what they saw. You can enjoy making your very own picture of a solar eclipse using chalk and paper!


  • For More Information

    NASA's SpacePlace - Lunar and Solar Eclipses:To learn more about lunar eclipses and solar eclipses, go to NASA’s SpacePlace. 

    Exploratorium - Science of Solar Eclipses:Check out Exploratorium to learn the science behind a Solar Eclipse. 

    Exploratorium - Annular vs. Total Solar Eclipses:What’s the difference between an annular solar eclipse and a total solar eclipse? Visit Exploratorium to find out! 

    NASA's Solar System Exploration - Total Solar Eclipse Insights:Visit NASA’s Solar System Exploration to learn more about why a total solar eclipse happens.