GISD Total Solar Eclipse April 8, 2024

On Monday, April 8, Garland ISD students and staff will be able to view a total solar eclipse as the natural phenomenon passes over parts of the United States.

Garland ISD campuses and facilities are in the path of totality, meaning the moon’s shadow will completely cover the sun. Students will be able to view the eclipse outside during the school day, weather permitting. The eclipse will begin in our area at approximately 12:23 p.m., with totality starting around 1:40 p.m. and ending about four minutes later. The eclipse will move out of the Dallas area completely around 3 p.m.

To ensure the safety of all those viewing the event, Garland ISD will provide special eclipse-viewing glasses to each student and staff member on the day of the eclipse. Viewing the eclipse without glasses is not permitted, as doing so can cause damage to the eyes in seconds. Please note that sunglasses are not sufficient.

Campus Access

Campuses will not be used for any public viewings. Parent access to the campus for the eclipse is at the discretion of each campus principal. Please check with your child’s campus for additional information. A small number of additional eclipse glasses may be available, but parents should be prepared to bring their own solar eclipse glasses.

Transportation, Safety, and Security

As the end of the eclipse approaches dismissal, please be assured that the GISD Transportation Department has a plan to ensure the students get home promptly. Additionally, GISD Security and the Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse Police Departments are preparing for increased traffic due to the eclipse. 

Garland ISD looks forward to the students and staff experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event. The eclipse will provide a fantastic learning opportunity for the students. 

Learn More

View an animation of how the total solar eclipse will move over North Texas on April 8.

Instructions for viewing an eclipse safely.