Keeping Our Kids Safe During Solar Eclipse

Keeping Our Kids Safe During Solar Eclipse
Posted on 08/18/2017
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On Monday, Aug. 21, Anna, Texas will experience a partial solar eclipse. Outdoor activities in Anna ISD will be moved indoors between 11:40 and 2:40 to reduce the risk of curious students looking directly at the sun and damaging their eyes, unless “Solar Eclipse Safety Precautions” are enforced (see below).

According to NASA, the only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses (even very dark ones) are not safe for looking at the sun.

Some Anna ISD classes will go outside and experience the solar eclipse, while following the “Solar Eclipse Safety Precautions” provided by the Texas Education Agency. These teachers will ensure their students:

  • Look at it directly through special goggles;
  • Look at it indirectly with a home-made pinhole projector; or
  • Look at it indirectly by taking binoculars or a telescope, and orienting them so they project the shadow onto the ground.

A live streaming link has been provided to Anna ISD teachers, if they would like to experience the eclipse with their class indoors. 

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s campus or teacher(s).

While this solar event is one many teachers and students will want to experience, we urge safety above all else. To learn more about proper safety precautions and safe ways to experience or view this eclipse, please visit the NASA website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

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