On August 21, 2017, we will have the opportunity to experience one of nature’s grandest spectacles, a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun.
The solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. A small 70 mile band from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a rare total eclipse. We are anticipating that the eclipse will occur between noon and 3:00 pm in Green Oaks with the most blockage of the sun occurring around 1:18 pm.
Although this is a very exciting event, it is also an event that could create safety issues for our children. The PTO has graciously purchased Solar Eclipse approved viewing glasses for all of our students and teaching staff. In our role as acting as the parent while school is in session, we are going to take the following steps to protect your children from unknowingly placing themselves in harm's way as a result of their curiosity in viewing a rare astronomical phenomenon:
- All students will be having indoor recess on this day
- Teachers will discuss the eclipse with students and will educate them on the safety precautions that they need to take in viewing the eclipse
- We will be buddying our older students with our younger students, and with teacher supervision, students will be going outside for a brief viewing while wearing our safety glasses
- If parents are more comfortable with students being at home rather than at school, or would like to pick their children up from school early, on August 21st, all absences related to the solar eclipse will be considered excused
If you do not wish for your child to participate in the outdoor viewing of the Solar Eclipse at 1:18pm, please click this link and provide your child’s name by Friday, August 18th, 2017.
Oak Grove Principal