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The Great American Solar Eclipse

Colorful dark sky with a near-full eclipse of the sun.

On Monday, August 21 at 11:46 a.m., a solar eclipse will be visible right here in Douglas County. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the first time since 1918 (99 years!) that a solar eclipse will be viewable on a path across the entire continental United States.

Planning is already underway to ensure that students can experience this unique event. We are asking our staff to take precautionary measures if they plan to involve their students in this amazing experience, to ensure the safety of all involved.

Students will be instructed not to look at the partially or even near-fully eclipsed sun with the naked eye.  Additionally, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses—even very dark ones—are not safe for looking at the sun.

For viewing, all students and staff will be required to use special eclipse-viewing safety glasses.  These glasses must meet the standard for ISO 12312-2, which certifies that they reduce visible sunlight to safe levels, and block solar UV and IR radiation. Some individual teachers have elected to provide their students with these glasses.

If you have not been able to acquire appropriate glasses for yourself or your child, Douglas County Libraries (except for Louviers) will have glasses available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the eclipse beginning at 10 a.m.

We look forward to another exciting year of student growth and academic advancement. If you have any questions about planned lessons around the solar eclipse, please contact your child’s school. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

August 17, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category:

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