Hundreds of kids won't be watching the eclipse outside in DougCo because of safety concerns

Posted at 9:32 PM, Aug 17, 2017

DOUGLAS COUNT, Colo. -- With all the talk about Monday's eclipse, you'd think everyone would be outside checking out the cosmic rarity. But that won't be the case.

Several schools in Douglas County have opted to keep their students inside during Monday afternoon, citing safety concerns.

"We recognize the importance of this historic event and at the same time, we must remain focused on student safety, especially with regards to our youngest children," a statement from the district reads.

Each school within DougCo had the chance to choose how they would allow students to experience the eclipse. 

Flagstone Elementary in Castle Rock is one of the schools to opt to stay and watch the eclipse from the classroom. 

"Right now, it doesn’t look like my little girl is going to be able to experience it. And it's sad," parent Colleen Carter said. 

She bought her fourth grade daughter the specialized glasses to watch the sun, but now she won't be needing them. 

An email went out to all parents on Thursday afternoon telling them that "students and staff will be given the amazing opportunity to view the solar eclipse via live streaming in their classrooms."

"I think its an important experience to have as a kid, and I don’t think sitting in front of a monitor is sufficient," Carter countered.

The district did offer another option to parents: simply pick your kids up. 

"If a school is not taking students outside, parents are welcome to pick up their child and view the eclipse as a family activity. This will be an excused absence," their statement read.