ACPS Provides Information Regarding Solar Eclipse

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August 11, 2017


     On August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States. Alleghany County will be in the path of near totality for the solar eclipse. Alleghany County Public Schools has been busy planning to make this once in a lifetime event a unique learning experience for our students.

     On August 21, 2017, all ACPS students (with your permission indicated below) will be allowed to go outside and participate in activities and view the period of totality ("Solar Eclipse Viewing"). Classroom teachers will be providing additional details regarding viewing location for their particular class as the event approaches. As always, student safety is our top concern. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose  solar filters, such as "eclipse glasses". Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. The school division has purchased and will provide all students and participants who attend the outdoor activities eclipse glasses to wear during this event. Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures including pre­ education to make students aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun. At no time should students or participants remove their eclipse glasses and look directly at the sun as it could cause permanent eye damage or other unknown affects. There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not remove their eclipse glasses, so please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse glasses on at all times during this event.

     This activity will necessitate some changes to our afternoon dismissal schedule.  Mountain View Elementary School will dismiss at 3:10pm.  Alleghany High School and Clifton Middle School will dismiss at 4:00 pm.  

     If you do not want your child to participate in this activity, please notify your child's school in writing by Friday, August 18, 2017.  
Students who do not view the live event will view the event via the NASA website inside the building.