posted by Kristin Arrington on Aug 18


Great American Eclipse

August 21, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On Monday, August 21, 2017 North America will experience an eclipse of the sun.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface.  This will be the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental US.  The eclipse will begin at 12:00 p.m., reach maximum eclipse at 1:31:58 p.m., and end at 2:58 p.m.  

Safety during the eclipse viewing is our top priority.  Looking directly at the sun is unsafe.  Product description for the eclipse glasses are as follows:  Solar Eclipse Glasses for safe direct viewing of solar eclipses. Eclipse glasses filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light. These premium filters create a sharper orange-colored image of the Sun. Additional safety information is printed on the inside of the frames. Meets requirements for ISO 12312-2.”

All students wanting to participate in the eclipse viewing are required to have a completed permission form.  A parent/guardian signature is required along with an eclipse viewing device on Monday, August 21 in order to participate.  Students whose parents/guardian either do not complete this form and send an eclipse viewing device with their child or choose to opt out will view streamed coverage of the event.

More information about the 2017 solar eclipse can be found on NASA’s website at   A solar eclipse is a special event that will last a lifetime in the memories of our students.  Taking precautionary measures and following these important rules will ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for our students.

Should you have any further questions, please call:  



Chelsea Middle School Faculty and Staff

Student ________________________

Parent/Guardian signature_________________________


___Yes, my student may participate in viewing the eclipse using an eclipse viewing device provided by the parent/guardian.

___No, my student may not participate in viewing the eclipse.


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