Track 3 parents (Track 1 and 4 students should receive these from the teachers): Please print and complete the following parental consent if you would like your child to view the solar eclipse: Parental Consent for Solar Eclipse
WCPSS Solar Eclipse Guidelines 8/2017
The 2017 Eclipse across America will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. In North Carolina, the partial eclipse will begin around 2:33pm and peak at approximately 2:44pm when the moon obscures 92.7% of the sun. Wake County residents will experience a partial view of the Total Eclipse. Skies will gradually begin to darken as the moon moves into the path of the Sun. Over time, the sky will become increasingly dark and then will gradually become filled with more light as the moon moves out of the path of the sun.
Student and Employee Safety
The health and well-being of Wake County Public School System students and employees is of the utmost importance during this experience. As such, it is important to recognize that it is never safe to look directly at the sun’s rays, even when the sun is partially obscured. When watching a partial eclipse, students and employees must wear approved eclipse glasses at all times if they plan to face the sun. Otherwise, an alternate indirect method of viewing should be used. NASA's How to View the Solar Eclipse Safely provides additional information on safety guidelines.
Eclipse Safety Glasses
Holly Grove Elementary will have certified eclipse viewers that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standards for all participants viewing the Solar Eclipse.
Additional Solar Eclipse Resources
Below are several educational and family friendly activities, maps, images, explanations, and safety measures that may be used to plan a lesson or event at your school:
NASA's Total Eclipse
American Astronomy Society
PBS Learning Media
NC Natural and Cultural Resources