Eclipse Public Safety Announcement

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in General Information

Eclipse Public Safety Announcement

On Monday, August 21, there will be a solar eclipse occurring across the United States. This event will be visible in our area in the afternoon from about 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm. This event is sure to attract a lot of attention and we want to reach out to you with important safety information regarding viewing an eclipse.

Eclipses should only be viewed directly by using special solar eclipse glasses that contain a protective lens that shield your eyes from harmful rays. Everyday sunglasses, no matter how dark the lenses, will not protect your eyes adequately. Viewing an eclipse directly without this protective eyewear can cause serious damage to your eyes, even if you only stare at the sun for a brief period of time. You will not feel this damage when it occurs and it may be several hours before you see the effects of that damage. Your student was given a flyer containing this information today.

Since students will not have the appropriate protective eyewear to view the eclipse, WBMS will not allow direct viewing of the eclipse during school hours. Instead, our students will have the opportunity to view on-line streaming and television coverage of the event in their respective classrooms.

Another concern that we have is our students will be released from school at the height of the eclipse (1:26 pm). We will be reminding students before and as they exit the building to not look at the eclipse.

You can view a PSA video about the eclipse at  https://vimeo.com/227976663.

You may also view a flyer with Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips that will be distributed to students.

Please discuss these precautions and concerns with your student prior to coming to school Monday. Thank you for your assistance.