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Hastings Public Schools making sure students are safe during eclipse

Hastings Public Schools sent out permission slips, but if parents don't sign them their kids won't be able to go outside and view the eclipse. (Kearney Visitors Bureau)

School is almost in session for people in our area. In Hastings, faculty members are gearing up for the total solar eclipse.

Craig Kautz, superintendent for the Hastings Public Schools said teachers have been preparing their students since the spring semester.

Kautz said this is a once in a lifetime opportunity he doesn’t want any kids to miss.

"We're going to renew those lessons when kids get back,” said Kautz.

Hastings Public Schools sent out permission slips, but if parents don't sign them their kids won't be able to go outside and view the eclipse.

The district said parents shouldn't worry, kids will be safe during the big event.

"By teaching students about the eclipse, about the safety measures that they will need to take in order to observe the partial eclipse which is kind of the dangerous time if you will,” said Kautz.

Kautz said the most important thing is keeping their students safe.

"We have volunteers who are going to help us and going to be able to come. We really don't want people that we don't know coming and joining us anymore than we would want any strangers or people coming in joining us during a regular class time,” said Kautz.

Those volunteers will be throughout all the public schools in Hastings helping every grade.

"K–12 we are keeping small groups, with the youngest kids were going to have more than one adult present so they can observe what is going on,” said Kautz.

Amber Pavelka, a student, already handed in her permission slip knowing about the safety of the eclipse glasses.

"We have to wear those and the appropriate time to wear them. I talked to my parents about it and it was pretty exciting because it doesn't happen all the time, it happens only so many years,” said Pavelka.

Hastings Public Schools are very excited for the big day and urge parents if they have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact them.


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