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Baldwin County schools cancel orders for unsafe eclipse glasses

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Some students in Baldwin County who were going to be able to view the solar eclipse on Monday. August 21, 2017 will now not be able to.  That’s because more than a thousand sets of solar viewing glasses that were ordered ended up on a recall list. 

At least two schools had to cancel their orders after finding out that the glasses that were ordered were recalled by Amazon.  Pine Grove elementary in Bay Minette stopped shipment on 600 and Foley Middle School had ordered at least a 1,000.

Monday’s a special day for Baldwin County school children.  Not only is it the first day of school, but the eclipse will be happening during the school day.

“We ordered every faculty and staff and every student glasses so we ordered 600 glasses as soon as we found out about it and we were just looking forward to educating our students,” said Pine Grove Elementary School principal, Donnashele Bruister.  “I mean, what a great opportunity.”

Bruister said even though the order of glasses was canceled, she still has enough certified glasses for grades four through six to participate.

“Our teachers have a plan and are teaching the children exactly the length of time they can view the solar eclipse, being very explicit so safety first concern so our teachers are educating our students and then they will have that opportunity to actually go out and view it,” Bruister explained.

Foley middle school canceled orders for more than 1,000 counterfeit solar glasses.  A grant had been written for the purchase of those.  While disappointing, parents are glad the schools are putting the safety of the children first.

“It’s a once in a lifetime thing with the eclipse, but at the same time, we have to have everybody safe and if they can’t get the glasses, unfortunately they can’t participate,” said parent of two, Marlon Brooks.

Schools that don’t have plans to let students outside during the eclipse will offer a live feed from NASA to view it inside.  Amazon did issue a letter of apology to the schools and refunded their money in full.  

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