Crofton Community Schools Watch Solar Eclipse
On Monday Crofton Community Schools students and staff witnessed the first solar eclipse viewable in Nebraska since June 30, 1954. With the 95.2% visibility in Crofton and the surrounding area, many were excited about the opportunity provided to watch the eclipse. “I am excited on a personal level to see the eclipse, because it is such a rare opportunity. However, as a school superintendent, I am also concerned for student safety despite the precautions we have taken,” said Mr. Dahl.
Crofton Community Schools took several preventative actions for safety. Parent/student permission slips were required for each student to go outside and view the eclipse. Glasses were donated from multiple sources such as Nebraska Department of Education, the ESU in Neligh, and the Plainview Library. Mr Dahl took the time to check that all of the glasses met the safety standards for viewing the solar eclipse. Students were also given instructions to look briefly and not stare at the sun.
Students and staff left the building at 12:45 and watched the eclipse for approximately 15 minutes. Unfortunately, weather interfered with the viewing. Abbey Maibaum, CHS junior, stated, “This is a disappointment. The clouds are in the way for most of it.” Despite cloud cover, the eclipse was still able to be seen for a short amount of time. “I was impressed with the eclipse; watching it today was much better than when I was in elementary school,” said CHS teacher, Justin Bossman.
Overall, it seemed as though most students enjoyed the experience.