Utah school districts prepare for solar eclipse on first day

Cardboard frames for solar eclipse glasses are stacked in the American Paper Optics factory in Bartlett, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The company is one of many businesses _ hotels, campgrounds and stores _ taking advantage of the total solar eclipse _ when the moon passes between Earth and the sun. The moon's shadow will fall in a diagonal ribbon across the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With some Utah students going back to school on the same day as the once-in-a-generation solar eclipse, one school district has spent about $30,000 on protective eyewear so its 68,000 students can safely watch what officials there consider a great learning opportunity.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2wOVVUn) Granite School District schools will be following an assembly schedule on Aug. 21 to allow the students and staff to witness the solar event while minimizing disruption.

Salt Lake City School District and Murray School District campuses will also resume class on the same day, but officials will leave it up to school administrators to decide whether they will organize eclipse viewing activities. A spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City district says some schools are adding viewings into their first of school schedules.

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