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*** Solar Eclipse Safety Bulletin ***

August 18, 2017 

TO: All Principals 

FROM: Donna Caperton, Assistant Superintendent-Business Services 

Jeff Geyer, Safety and Environmental Manager 

SUBJECT: Eclipse Safety Bulletin_______________________________________________


On August 21, 2017, a global solar eclipse of the Sun will visibly traverse a narrow corridor across the USA from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, So. Carolina. This event will appear as a partial eclipse when viewed from San Diego County. The eclipse begins after 9:00 a.m. locally and ends before noon. 


The primary safety issue during an eclipse is that curiosity regarding the phenomena makes it more likely people, especially children, will try to glimpse the eclipse without proper eye protection. Therefore, during the eclipse, to ensure avoidance of improper viewing, all students must be under direct supervision. This is especially true with Elementary & Middle School students. 



Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe, even during a solar eclipse. According to the American Astronomical Society and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, 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. 


To facilitate this essential supervision, all Elementary and Middle schools will utilize a rainy-day schedule. (Including serving lunch indoors.) The educational curriculum leading up to the day of the eclipse must include all related eclipse safety precautions, with strong emphasis on the message: “Do not look at the Sun at any time without an appropriate, approved safe viewing device”. Provide students and staff with information about eye-safety during a solar eclipse (linked below). Restroom breaks or other necessary trips outside should be organized and escorted by adults in small student groups to ensure strict adherence to all safety guidelines. 


High Schools will limit outdoor activity as much as reasonably possible during the eclipse and will share precautions for eye-safety during a solar eclipse with students and staff (linked below). Any eclipse related class lessons and conversations with HS students must highly emphasize the extreme danger of looking at the Sun without an appropriate, approved safe viewing device, including the tragic consequences associated with not doing so. 

The official NASA Eclipse 2017 web site is linked below for important safety information about eye-safety during a solar eclipse, illustrations, and eclipse tracking updates. 



Posted by: Lisa Contreras, District Admin, Vista Unified School District Published:8/18/17
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