On Monday, August 21, 2017, there will be a partial solar eclipse viewable in St. Lucie County. The eclipse is slated to begin at approximately 1:30 pm and end at 4:20 pm, with the maximum coverage at 2:55 pm.
The day of the eclipse is a great learning opportunity for students and adults, but many may be unaware of the dangers. Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse can be dangerous to the eyes if proper precautions are not taken. The cornea will focus the light and actually scorch the retina. Therefore, in order to establish precautions for the safety of our students and employees, all schools must move normal outside activities indoors from 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm. This includes all sports activities, recess, physical education classes, band practices, and after-care programs. (*Exception – Due to this rare learning opportunity, teachers may take students out during this time period with Principal/Executive Director approval of teacher-directed lessons that utilize approved safety eyewear and heightened supervision.)
Caution: There are many reports of fake glasses and tools that may not provide the protection needed. Principals and teachers should be prepared to address students directly about the risks involved and discourage students from looking directly at the Sun during this time or any time.
Note the LINK below:
Educational Resources/Safety Precautions:
- Get Ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jaxiha8-rY
- Discovery Education-Great American Eclipse: Allows for live stream viewing with the Science Channel: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/DiscoveryNow/greatamericaneclipse.cfm
- NASA:Solar Eclipse safety and interactive maps/tools with live streaming: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
- StarNet Library: Viewing guide http://www.starnetlibraries.org/EclipseGuide/
- Detailed Solar Eclipse information-Port St. Lucie: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/port-st-lucie
- Detailed Solar Eclipse Information-City of Fort Pierce: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/@7169468
- What determines when we have an eclipse?
- Watching the Friendly Skies – Eclipse Safety Tutorial: