On Monday, August 21st, 2017 Harding Middle School welcomes all our students to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to being the first day of school, August 21st is the day for a rare solar eclipse. Safety of our students is the most important concern we have. As such, we ask parents to review with students the importance of not looking directly at the sun unless they are wearing glasses or a filter that has been certified as appropriate for such viewing. Even when using appropriately certified devices, students should limit their viewing of the sun to no more than the time identified as safe for the specific device they are utilizing.
We have received many request from parents to consider an appropriate method to share this opportunity with our students. Attached to this email is a permission slip for parents to print out and complete if they would like their child be permitted to view the partial eclipse during school using ISO certified viewing glasses. All students without a signed permission slip in hand will also be able to experience viewing the solar eclipse in our gymnasium as we will be projecting coverage of the solar eclipse on screens set up within the gym.
Many of the science teachers also plan to share information about eclipses with the students in their classes on August 21st to help them better understand why the sun will be partially blocked during the day. Click here for permission slip