Waco ISD students prepare to view solar eclipse

Waco ISD students prepare to view solar eclipse
Posted on 08/18/2017

Solar Safety

On August 21, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Waco ISD students will be in school during this time, and our educators will take full advantage of this rare event to make it a tremendous learning experience for students in 5th grade, 8th grade, and designated high school classes. Campuses will have the discretion to invite additional classes to view the eclipse as time and resources permit.

Student safety is a top priority. All students will be required to wear eclipse-safe viewing glasses purchased by Waco ISD, which meet ISO international standards approved by NASA and the American Astronomical Society. We will take all precautionary measures to make this experience both safe and enjoyable for our students. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Students will not be permitted to look at the sun or partially eclipsed sun through cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices.

As an additional safety measure, students will be kept inside during the day until the planned solar eclipse school observation. Parents choosing not to let their child participate in the solar eclipse observation should contact their student’s campus administrator to opt out of the activity.

Waco ISD looks forward to this extraordinary event and making it a positive learning experience for everyone.

Click here to view Parent Notification Letter [pdf]