Point Isabel ISD Prioritizes Safety for Upcoming Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

Port Isabel, Texas - April 4, 2024 - On Monday, April 8, a rare celestial event will grace the skies over Cameron County as a total solar eclipse takes place. Point Isabel ISD is excited to provide our students with an opportunity to witness this breathtaking phenomenon safely. 
The total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow and partially blocking the sun's light. This event is particularly special as there will not be another total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. until 2045.
Weather permitting, the eclipse will begin at approximately 12:06 p.m. and reach its deepest point around 1:40 p.m., concluding at roughly 3:17 p.m. To facilitate student participation in this remarkable event, students from 2nd grade to 12th grade will be sent home with permission slips granting permission for a supervised viewing activity lasting no longer than 3 minutes.
While the eclipse promises to be an incredible sight, safety remains our utmost priority. It is essential to view the eclipse using approved methods only, as looking directly at the sun can cause permanent eye damage. Standard glasses, swimming goggles, and camera filters are not safe for viewing the sun.
To ensure safe viewing, Point Isabel ISD will provide certified solar viewing glasses marked ISO 12312-2 certified and supervised viewing stations. It is crucial for students and parents to adhere to all safety guidelines provided during the event.
We encourage students and families to practice the following safety tips:
Sure, here's a bulleted list for Total Solar Eclipse Safety:
  • Use Certified Solar Viewing Glasses: Only use glasses marked with ISO 12312-2 certification for safe viewing.
  • Supervised Viewing: Ensure that children are supervised by adults during the eclipse viewing.
  • Don't Look Directly at the Sun: Avoid looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection, as it can cause permanent damage to your eyes.
  • Avoid Unsafe Methods: Regular sunglasses, camera filters, and homemade filters are not safe for viewing the sun.
  • Keep Viewing Glasses On: Always keep your solar viewing glasses on while observing the eclipse.
  • Secure Viewing Glasses: Press glasses firmly onto your face to prevent them from falling off during viewing.
  • Follow Instructions: Adhere to all safety guidelines provided by educators or authorities during the event.
  • Use Viewing Stations: If available, use supervised viewing stations provided by educational institutions or astronomy organizations.
  • Be Prepared: Familiarize yourself with safety resources and guidelines provided by reputable sources like NASA or the American Astronomical Society.
  • Enjoy Safely: Enjoy the eclipse safely, and remember that protecting your eyes is paramount.
As we prepare for this rare celestial event, we encourage everyone to refer to the safety resources provided by NASA and the American Astronomical Society. Let's make this solar eclipse viewing experience both educational and safe for all involved.
For more information on safety guidelines and resources, please visit:
We look forward to sharing this unforgettable experience with our students and community while prioritizing their safety above all else.
Media Contact:
Juliette Gonzalez-Barajas
Communications Specialist
Point Isabel ISD
Phone: (956) 943-0091
Email: [email protected]