• Wildcats & the Solar Eclipse

    Parent Information 8/17/2017

    We just wanted to provide you with some additional information about our eclipse plans for Monday. This is a great educational opportunity for our students and we are excited about being able to share it with them.

    Safety is a top priority always and as such we wanted to let you know what we are doing and how you can help us.

    First, the eclipse glasses we purchased for students and staff come from a vendor recommended by both the American Optometric Association and NASA (American Paper Optics) - https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters. The glasses have the ISO number (12312-2) required for safe viewing.

    Second, our teachers and staff have received safety instructions and are sharing those with students in age appropriate lessons. For example, Mrs. Fischer at ECC is having our kindergarten students practice with the glasses in PE using a game similar to "Duck, Duck, Goose" but it's "Sun, Sun, Moon." At the high school, students will view a safety video produced by the American Astronomical Society - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTCkC5ANlJg. Across the district, staff will be focused on safe viewing instruction.

    We’d also like to ask for your help in talking to your child about viewing safety before Monday’s eclipse. The glasses should be worn anytime a student is looking up at the sky during the eclipse. The glasses can be removed once the student looks away. Also, students should not use their cell phones to take pictures of the eclipse as a cell phone can magnify the rays.

    As parents, you have several options when it comes to our eclipse activities. If your child is in elementary school, we invite you to come and participate in the viewing with your child. You will need to provide your own safety glasses. You should receive information from your child’s school about times and sign in procedures.

    Parents can also choose to opt your student out of viewing the eclipse. We’ve emailed a form home and opt out forms are available in the main office at each school. The form is also linked below.  Those forms are due back to the office by 9 a.m. on Monday. We will have alternate eclipse activities for students who opt out.

    We are excited about the learning opportunities that our teachers are planning before and after the eclipse. We will try to capture many of those and share them on our Facebook page.

    If you have questions, please contact your child’s building.

    Thank you for all you do to support our schools and teachers!

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    Our students and staff will have the opportunity to experience a rare event - a solar eclipse with 99% totality on Monday, August 21.  The solar eclipse path will run from one US coast to the other which hasn’t happened since 1918. The last time Kansas City saw a total eclipse this close was 1806 and the next time we will get one: 2205.

    eclipse glasses We are very excited about the learning opportunities that come with this event! We have eclipse glasses for all students and staff which will allow us to safely view the eclipse (see Eclipse Safety below). Teachers are planning classroom activities to extend the learning beyond just the viewing experience. We are also making plans to ensure elementary parents have the opportunity to see the eclipse at school with your child if you would like (you will need to provide your own eclipse glasses).  A viewing schedule and procedures for joining us for the eclipse will be sent to you by your building principal.

    The eclipse will begin in our area at approximately 11:45 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. with prime viewing (99% totality) at 1:09 p.m.



    Eclipse Safety

    From NASA (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety) -
    Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe.

    **Harrisonville will not experience totality 

    The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

    **Our glasses are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard and were purchased through an approved vendor - American Paper Optics (Eclipser) - EclipseGlasses.com.

    • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
    • Always supervise children using solar filters.
    • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
    • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
    • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
    • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
    • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.