On Monday, August 21, 2017 all of North America will experience an eclipse of the sun.

 A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun.  This is the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States.

 

The eclipse will occur in our area beginning around 11:54 a.m. and ending around 2:42 p.m.  At approximately 1:19 p.m. nearly 90% of the sun will be covered.  Many teachers in our school have organized a structured, supervised viewing of this opportunity.  If your child is in a classroom that will be participating in this viewing opportunity, your child will receive an opt out form.  Please click here to print out the form.  If you prefer that your child not participate and remain indoors, please return the form to school.

 

Safety during the eclipse viewing is our top priority.  Looking directly at the sun without proper eyewear is unsafe.  We have purchased NASA-endorsed, eclipse-safe viewing glasses for all participating students and staff.  For more information on the special viewing glasses, please visit https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/safe-viewing.

 

Because of these safety concerns, we are taking the following precautionary measures to keep our students safe during the eclipse:

  • PE classes during the eclipse will be held indoors.

  • Students will have indoor recess during the time of the eclipse.

  • Additional supervision of students will be added to the bus area and car rider areas at the end of the school day. (Elementary only due to dismissal occurring during the eclipse)

  • Classes participating in the viewing event will wear eclipse-safe viewing glasses.

 

More information about the 2017 socal eclipse can be found at NASA’s website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.

 

Please call your child's school if you have further questions.

 

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