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Solar Eclipse 2017 August 15, 2017

 Solar Eclipse 2017
Solar Eclipse 2017
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Solar Eclipse Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 is a rare and exciting celestial event that can serve as a great teaching opportunity.  However, safety is a concern, so each school has determined procedures for the event.  The solar eclipse will begin at approximately 12:00 PM and end at approximately 3:00PM.  The following procedures will be adhered to at each school:

·       Each school’s principal will approve any solar eclipse viewing and the procedures established.  Parents will receive notification from the school regarding the event.

·       Teachers will discuss the hazards of viewing a solar eclipse without proper eyewear and instruct students not to view the eclipse while departing from school or while riding home.

·       We ask that parents discuss the hazards of viewing a solar eclipse without proper eyewear and instruct students not to view the eclipse while departing from school or while riding home.

·       Any student participating in the eclipse viewing will be required to have a completed permission form.

·       All solar eclipse glasses will be certified by NASA or the American Astronomical Society and will comply with ISO 12312-2, the international safety standard for filters.

·       While outside, students will be required to wear the solar eclipse glasses the entire time.

·       During the eclipse, all physical education classes will be held indoors.

·       Students who have afternoon recess will have recess indoors.

·       Parents may choose for their child to opt out of any solar eclipse-viewing event.

·       Parents checking students out of school prior to 12:00PM, absences will be marked excused.

·       Parents/Guardians wishing to travel with their student for this event to view the solar eclipse may contact the principal and pursue a preapproved absence by completing the Preapproved Absence Form.  Approval of this form will still count as an absence for exam exemption purposes, but will be marked as an excused absence.

·       Students not viewing the solar eclipse outside may view video coverage of the event in school.

·       All teachers will provide learning opportunities supporting the solar eclipse event.

Enjoy this rare opportunity to witness a unique celestial event with faculty and students, and be diligent in making sure it is a positive experience. 

Thank you,

Richard Dennis

Superintendent

Elmore County Public Schools