Solar Eclipse Student Safety

  • News
  • Briana Warner
  • 8/17/2017

On the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017, our region will experience a partial solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and earth, blocking all or a portion of the sun’s rays.

While medical professionals advise it is always dangerous to look directly at the sun without appropriate eye protection, out of an abundance of caution, the district is taking extra steps to ensure your student’s safety, while allowing them to enjoy the learning opportunity. 

  • We will remain open and on a regular schedule Monday. The solar eclipse is scheduled to begin at 1:08 p.m. in our area and peak at 2:35 p.m. Parents or guardians who would like to pick their students up prior to the solar eclipse, beginning at 12:30 p.m., will be allowed to do so. This time will be counted as an excused absence. Students must be picked up by parents or guardians for this to be an excused absence.
  • Schools that have purchased viewing glasses compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard will be allowed to proceed with planned viewing events if they are able to provide adequate supervision. All schools are being encouraged to share the viewing experience with their students by utilizing television feeds, internet live streams, or recordings of the event.

Because the eclipse will continue during our dismissal times, we ask parents of students who walk, bike or ride the bus to and from school to further reinforce the dangers of looking at the sun while they are on their way home Monday, August 21st.  

For help in speaking with your students, we have provided a link below to a Scientific American article “Science Says Why We Can’t Look at the Sun” by Rachael Rettner (Copyright 2017 Live Science). It outlines the risks of looking directly at the sun.

We appreciate your understanding and support as we do everything we can to ensure the safety of our students and community.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.