Solar Eclipse Information
As you may already know, on Monday, August 21, there will be a Solar Eclipse, which in our area will reach 90% partial eclipse of the sun. The solar eclipse will begin at approximately 1:16 pm. Maximum amount of sun coverage will occur at approximately 2:47 pm, which is during the Elementary school dismissal time.
Even during a partial eclipse, there are safety concerns for all students and staff. It is important that safety guidelines be carefully followed. Please communicate with your child about the importance of following the safety precautions provided below:
- Do not look directly into the sun during the solar eclipse, as it could be harmful to your vision.
- Do not look into the sun without proper eye protection.
- Do not look at the sun through a telescope or binoculars.
- Do not look at the sun through sunglasses, smoked glasses, or welder’s glasses.
- Do not look at the sun through a camera/smart phone.
The only safe method to view the solar eclipse is by using special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters and ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun during the eclipse. To date, four manufacturers have certified solar glasses and handheld solar viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.
Below is the link to the Department of Health provided website for additional information including recommendations for safe viewing of the eclipse.
Normal dismissal procedures will be followed for that day. If you are concerned and decide to keep your child home, we will treat it as we do with other inclement weather situations and count it as an excused absence. If you are concerned and decide to check out your child early, we would also count it as an excused absence. This should happen within the school’s normal checkout times/procedures.
If you have any questions about early dismissal, feel free to contact your child’s school.
St. Johns County School District