BREAKING: Three Monsey Schools Cancel Afternoon Classes Due to Concerns About Eclipse (UPDATED 8 PM)

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A man sits on a rock at a zone when people view today total solar eclipse in La Higuera, Chile, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Tourists and scientists will gather in northern Chile, one of the best places in the world to watch the next the eclipse that will plunge parts of South America into darkness. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

(VINnews) — According to sources, at least two high schools in Monsey have canceled afternoon classes on Monday, due to the solar eclipse. In addition, at least one kindergarten has canceled classes as well. 

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On Sunday, two girls’ high schools in the Monsey region have sent word to students that they have canceled afternoon classes, due to concerns. It appears this was a last-minute decision. In addition, Bais Yaakov of Pomona sent an email to parents, canceling afternoon class for students in kindergarten, saying that safety is always their “first priority”. 

Although it has not been confirmed what the specific concern is, it is likely that the schools are worried that students may look at the eclipse without suitable protective eyewear. One school reportedly spoke with a prominent Monsey posek who advised them to close. 

Several yeshivos have informed parents that they specifically intend to bring students outside, at least part of the time, to witness the Niflaos Haborei (wonders of the Creator) first hand. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 


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M m
M m
1 month ago

why not just stay indoors and do their job?

bradley
bradley
1 month ago

Everyone is afraid of getting sued

Steve B
Steve B
1 month ago

So they will go home and then Look at the sun? Doesn’t accomplish much.

Conservative Carl
Conservative Carl
1 month ago

Why can’t they just hand out eclipse glasses?

Iyyar5
Iyyar5
1 month ago

2 business days running witnessing נפלאות הבורא:- First the earthquake & then the eclipse

Gad Stein
Gad Stein
1 month ago

What’s so BREAKING about this?!

Let's be honest
Let's be honest
1 month ago

In the area where I live, they also dismissed early, around 1:30. The reason was because the regular dismissal times was going to occur during the times of the eclipse in between 3:30 and 4:30. This would have been unsafe for anyone to look up and stare at the Sun so the decision was made to simply dismiss early.

As much of a pain in the neck as it was, I could see the point.

CHILL
CHILL
1 month ago

They made such a big deal that the kids decided to do the exact opposite as teachers… it always happens..

hmmm
hmmm
1 month ago

Agree with these schools. There are safety risks and there’s no reason why the schools should assume that responsibility. Let eo go home and go about it the way they want, with the glasses they want and under their parents responsibility.

Charlie Hall
Charlie Hall
1 month ago

Protective eyewear for the eclipse is very inexpensive.

abba
abba
1 month ago

What is the panic about? What safety issue? ‘Its going to get dark.’

By the way, it gets dark everyday when the sun goes down. Stop instilling fear in kids.