Tiger Talk

8/17/17

Solar Eclipse Monday, August 21

Dear West Cypress Hills Elementary Parents and Guardians,


As you may already know, on Monday, August 21, North America will experience an eclipse of the sun. According to NASA, the path where the moon will completely cover the sun will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. Observers outside this path can expect to see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. While this event will present a unique educational experience, our commitment to student safety is paramount. As a result, district administration has provided the following protocols for our campus on Monday, August 21:


  • Because the authenticity and quality of ‘solar eclipse eyeglass’ or ‘eclipse goggles’ cannot be guaranteed, outdoor viewing of the eclipse by students with glasses or goggles is strictly prohibited. There are many reports of potentially unsafe glasses or goggles. Furthermore, the unsafe viewing of the eclipse can result in serious injury and damage to the eye. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that every student will view the eclipse in a safe manner.

  • As an alternative to outdoor viewing, teachers have the option to broadcast the eclipse via live stream to be provided by NASA.

  • All outdoor activity between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. will be limited; this includes Recess and PE. We will make alternate plans to restructure activities during this time.


It is our hope this event will serve as a wonderful experience for our students in a safe and secure environment. We appreciate your understanding and support.


Sincerely,


Amanda Prehn

Principal

West Cypress Hills Elementary