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.
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.