Important Information about the Solar Eclipse
On Monday August 21st, 2017 we will experience a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred over the U.S. mainland since 1979. A total solar eclipse, which is when the moon completely covers the sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide swath of the country. While Bath County is not located in this area, we will still be able to view the partial solar eclipse.
This event will be an extraordinary educational opportunity for our students. All of our schools (with your permission) will have special activities or lessons planned for this day to accompany the event both indoors and outdoors. While this event is extremely exciting for our students, we must also acknowledge the importance of proper eye safety. While it should be common sense not to stare directly at the sun with your naked eyes, this advice will be even more important during this event. The eclipse must be viewed only through proper eclipse glasses. Schools with planned viewing activities will require students to wear proper solar eclipse glasses.
Be aware of harmful solar exposure. If you stare at the sun without protection, you may experience damage to your retina (the tissue at the back of your eye) called “solar retinopathy.” This damage can occur without any sensation of pain, since the retina does not have pain receptors. The injury can be temporary or permanent. Visit your local doctor of optometry immediately if an accident occurs.
In order to protect our students’ eyes during this event:
Students will not participate in any unstructured outdoor activities, including recess
Students will be advised to not look directly at the sun without wearing solar eclipse glasses
We will extending the school day to release at 3:45 to ensure students are protected during dismissal.
Bath County Schools recognize the significance of this educational event and if you wish to travel to Western Kentucky for better viewing options or feel more comfortable viewing the event at home please plan to complete our district’s Educational Enhancement Opportunity form. This form can be found on the Bath County district website at: www.bath.kyschools.us
Regardless of where you view this spectacular event, please remember to not look directly at the sun without wearing proper solar eclipse glasses. Parents we invite you to assist us in sharing the importance of not looking directly at the sun without proper eclipse glasses with your child. We never want to put our students’ vision in jeopardy. Please help us have a great learning opportunity and stay safe.
More information about the solar eclipse can be found at the following sites:
From NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse
From the American Optometric Association: