Important Message Regarding Monday's Solar Eclipse

Dear LRSD Parents/Guardians:

On Monday, August 21, 2017, our city will be in the path of a partial solar eclipse. This event is predicted to take place during the early afternoon hours—specifically between 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.  The best time for viewing for Little Rock is approximately 1:15 p.m.

The Little Rock School District (LRSD) has created lessons and programming around the partial eclipse.  LRSD has also purchased ISO-Certified (eclipse-safe) viewing glasses for students and school staff.  A copy of the certification is attached here.

                            

This is perhaps a “once-in-a-lifetime” educational opportunity; however, safety during the eclipse is a priority for LRSD.  We will take all precautionary measures to make this experience safe, educational and enjoyable.   Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Students will not be permitted to look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices, with or without glasses. Students will be closely supervised at all times.  Additionally, classroom teachers have discussed safety with students as part of their lesson plans.

Please see the attached safety guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TT39ecOycHyNXebnLBkLVCWSv-D39ucgsze4apuNWYU/edit?usp=sharing

As an alternative to outside viewing, students will have the opportunity to view a live-stream of the eclipse provided by NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.  Students with approved eclipse glasses and signed permission slips from parents/guardians will be allowed to view the eclipse.  Students who do not return the permission slip will remain inside to watch the live-stream and participate in other related activities.  Parents who have signed permissions slips, but wish to change their minds, may indicate to the school on Monday that they do not wish their students to participate in outside viewing.

Thank you as we work together to ensure that our students have a safe and enjoyable learning experience.