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Subject: Solar Eclipse
Date: August 18th 2017
Dear Mary Castle families,
On Monday, August 21st, the world will be experiencing a solar eclipse. Although Indianapolis is not in the path to view “totality” it will begin at 11:57am and conclude at 3:48pm. Our zip code, 46256, will experience 91% darkness at 2:25 p.m. While this is an incredible educational opportunity, it also presents a safety challenge as looking directly at the sun during the time of the eclipse, for even less than 30 seconds, can cause irreversible eye damage.
Mary Castle will have inside recess on Monday afternoon. We will be viewing the solar eclipse via the classroom Active Panels. Students will be encouraged to not look at the sun during dismissal, on the ride home, or on the walk home. Parents are encouraged to discuss with their children the dangers of looking directly at the sun any time, but especially during the time of a solar eclipse. Special safety glasses can provide some protection to the eyes, but do not guarantee total protection especially if viewing for more than a few seconds. An adult is encouraged to be on the bus stop to ensure that students do not look at the sun on the way home.
The district recommendation is to view the solar eclipse from live streaming either at school or upon returning home after school. In Indianapolis, the eclipse will begin at 12:57 p.m., according to Butler University's Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium. The eclipse will reach its maximum point at 2:25 p.m. and will officially end around 3:48 p.m. Additional information related to the solar eclipse can be found on the district’s home page under Announcements.
Eclipse Live: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive
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