On August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States. From our school, we will experience a partial eclipse, and we are planning the following learning experience for our students.
To insure a safe learning experience, select Hesby teachers will escort small groups of students with signed permission slips outside to view the ECLIPSE in a controlled and safe environment.
NASA approved solar filters will be used for the viewing.
As always, student safety is our top priority. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe and can cause permanent eye damage or other unknown effects. The only way to safely look at the sun – uneclipsed or partially eclipsed – is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse eyewear.” According to NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even those with very dark lenses, are not safe for looking at the sun.
Although there is no way to guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures to ensure that students are aware of the risks of looking directly at the sun.
At no time should students or other participants remove their eclipse eyewear and look directly at the sun. Please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse eyewear on during this event. For more information, visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
If you want your child to participate in the outdoor viewing activity planned for August 21, please review, sign and return this form to your child’s teacher. If you do not wish for your child to be outside during in the event or if you do not return this form, alternative activities will be held inside during this period.
By signing this permission slip, you, as the parent or guardian of a minor child, are acknowledging that you are aware of the risks associated with this event, that you freely assume those risks, and that you waive the right to pursue any and all claims against the Los Angeles Unified School District, its agents, employees, Board of Education members, insurers and others acting on the District’s behalf.