Eclipse Information

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the sixth  day of our next school year, “The Great American Solar Eclipse” will occur.  Omaha will be in the path of a near-total (98%) solar eclipse.  This is a rare opportunity for students (and adults) to experience this impressive phenomenon.  This is the first total solar eclipse viewable in the United States since 1979.  The last total eclipse path to cross the entire continent dates back to 1918.  

Planning at our school is already underway so our students can experience this event first-hand.  This spring and early next school year, teachers will introduce content and practice safety procedures to prepare our students for the eclipse.  Emphasis includes the safe viewing of the eclipse, including the school’s purchase of certified “eclipse glasses” that meet the ISO 12312-2:2015 international standard.  Please be aware that the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. 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 uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Children in grades 1-12 will have the opportunity for direct viewing of the eclipse using solar eclipse glasses.   If you do NOT wish to have your child participate in direct viewing, please complete the “opt out” form and return it to your child’s school before August 18th.  Preschool and kindergarten students will indirectly view the eclipse via live television coverage.

On August 21, 2017, all MPS students in Grades 1-12 will have the opportunity to go outside to view the eclipse using eclipse safety glasses meeting ISO 12312-2:2015.  If you prefer to opt out your student from this experience, you must complete this form by August 18, 2017.  This does not mean that you are opting out of school that day.  The school still needs to be contacted if a student will be absent from school that day.  

As is the practice in all circumstances, building administrators and teachers have the responsibility to ensure the safety of students in their care.   If you need additional information, please contact your child’s teacher or Ms. Fabian.

Students and staff will view the following videos:

*Introductory video:

*Eye Safety video: