Parents/Guardians of CUSD #7 Students:
On the fourth day of school, August 21, our community will have the extraordinary opportunity to witness a partial solar eclipse. Administration at all three levels of our school district are taking steps to make the eclipse a safe and enjoyable experience for all students.
The elementary and middle school was fortunate enough to receive a grant where every staff member and student will be provided with safety eclipse glasses. At BenGil Elementary, Mr. Obrien will be a guest speaker and educate the school staff and students about the proper measures when witnessing the event.
Optometrist Dr. Lapp will educate the middle school and high school staff about the proper measures to be taken while allowing secondary students to witness the eclipse. Dr. Lapp will also provide enough protective glasses so that small groups of high school students may go outside while supervised by a teacher.
Additional activities and lessons will be provided to the students within the classroom in order for students to understand and appreciate the phenomenon. Students at the secondary levels will also have modified lunch times so that students are not outside and unprotected during the event.
It is understandable that parents/guardians might be hesitant about their child’s eye safety on August 21; however, administration is taking precautionary and educational steps to make sure every child has an appreciation for this solar event. If anyone has further questions, please feel free to call your child’s appropriate building administrator.
CUSD #7 Administrators