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Solar Safety

posted Aug 18, 2017, 7:02 AM by Jennifer Swindler   [ updated Aug 18, 2017, 7:03 AM ]
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- On August 21, 2017, we will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse" because it is the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States. 

Safety is always a top priority for the Wilmington School District. We will take all precautionary measures with both students and staff to make this experience both safe and enjoyable. Regular sunglasses, even dark ones, are not safe for looking at the eclipse. 

Students will not be permitted to look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through unfiltered cameras, telescope, binoculars or other optical devices, with or without glasses.   Some of our classes, with parent permission only and special glasses will be observing the eclipse.  All buildings will be carefully limiting time outside for protection. 

Because of these safety concerns, we will communicate to students that when they are dismissed from school to avoid looking directly at the sun.  The experts share that the peak of the eclipse will end before any of our students are dismissed.  We encourage our families to discuss your expectations for students to not look directly at the sun during dismissal time.  

We will celebrate this event in a safe manner.