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October 18, 2017

8/17/2017 1:10:00 PM
Schools offer safe eclipse viewing tips
Shawn Price
Superintendent Flat Rock-Hawcreek Schools

On Monday, August 21, 2017, our students will have an opportunity to witness something that has not happened here in the United States for 38 years, a total solar eclipse. Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation understands the importance of this event and the educational experience it provides our students. In preparation we would like to provide some detailed information regarding this phenomenon to first and foremost ensure a safe and enjoyable viewing experience for our students and staff.

The safest way to view the solar eclipse is indoors and indirectly through a media streaming network. NASA has provided the following link for continuous live streaming of this event, https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream. All students will have access to at least part of this live stream during the school day. All outdoor school activities (recess, practices, etc..) between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. will be moved inside or postponed until after the eclipse window. You should receive instructions from each school outlining instructions and requirements for students that wish to participate in viewing the eclipse directly. Students will not be allowed to view the eclipse directly without parent permission, an approved solar filter, and adult supervision. Direct viewing will also be limited to specific classes and grade levels, please contact your school directly for more information. Parents, please help us by talking with your child/children about the dangers of viewing the eclipse without a certified solar filter. Student release does fall in the last part of the eclipse window and all students need to understand the danger of viewing the eclipse without proper protection.

Ultimately our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable educational experience for our students during the solar eclipse, thank you for your time and attention. Additional links to eclipse materials including NASA safety recommendations are provided below.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/downloadables

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Safety_508.pdf









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