To ensure student safety and supervision during Monday's eclipse, dismissal will be delayed until after the eclipse passes at 3:40 p.m. Please read the entire letter below that will go home with students on Friday and has been sent out to parents/guardians via IC Messenger:
As many of you know, on August 21, 2017, we will experience a near total solar eclipse from approximately 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be the first time since 1918 that a total solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun. While we are not located in the area for a total eclipse, we will still be able to view over 90% of totality.
This event will be an extraordinary educational opportunity for our students. However, student safety is our top concern. Our schools will have special activities or lessons planned for this day to accompany the event. While this event is extremely exciting for our students, we must also acknowledge the importance of proper eye safety. Like any other day, looking directly into the sun without proper protection can damage eye tissue and that becomes more of a risk when people are interested in being outside to specifically look in the sky to see the eclipse. We have included information that outlines how to view the eclipse safely. To ensure student safety and supervision, dismissal will be delayed until after the eclipse passes at 3:40 p.m. If you need to pick your child up prior to 3:40 p.m., please feel free to sign your child out of school at the school office.
The eclipse must only be viewed through ISO-certified glasses. Please help us reinforce this with your child. In order to protect our students' eyes during this event:
¨ Students will not participate in any unstructured outdoor activities, including recess.
¨ Students will be instructed to avoid looking at the sun without wearing solar eclipse glasses.
¨ Students will be limited from leaving the building during the eclipse.
¨ Students will have an extended school day until the eclipse passes.
Regardless of where you view this event, please remember to avoid looking directly at the sun without wearing proper solar eclipse glasses. We urge you to assist us in sharing the importance of not looking directly at the sun without proper eclipse glasses with your child.
We never want to put our students' safety or vision in jeopardy. Please help us enjoy this rare, educational event while keeping your child safe. More information about the solar eclipse can be found at www.nasa.gov/eclipse. If you have any questions, please contact our district office at 859-261-8210.