Hello Valued RBHS Family and Staff:
We wanted to send you this quick note about safety concerns surrounding the August 21st Solar eclipse (when the moon entirely covers the sun), which in our region will be a partial eclipse.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: The only safe way to look at a partial solar eclipse is through special glasses or handheld solar viewers. It is also important to make sure the viewing glasses are made by an approved company. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Staring at even a sliver of the sun without the right protection can cause permanent eye damage. Our staff is aware of this and have also planned accordingly for any activities surrounding this event.
There are many resources available that address this topic, but three reputable ones are the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Safety Council, and the last one which both of these refer to, is The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). We strongly encourage you to refer to these resources before making plans to view the eclipse, but some of the key safety points include:
- Never look directly into the sun without proper eye protection/solar filters.
- Make sure solar viewing eyewear/filters meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard (should be indicated directly on the eyewear).
- Consider various “indirect viewing” options for experiencing the eclipse that avoid direct viewing entirely.
The below links provide a wealth of information and student-related activities for learning about the eclipse and the safety concerns of doing so:
NASA Eclipse Safety: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
NASA Eclipse Activity Guide (provides various age-appropriate activities regarding learning about and viewing the eclipse): https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/NASA_Eclipse_Activity_Guide.pdf
National Safety Council: https://www.cdc.gov/features/solar-eclipse-safety/