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Below is a letter that you received from the district about the Eclipse day on Monday 8/21/17. It is extremely important that you have a conversation with your student(s) about the safety concerns during the eclipse moment. I have attached a link to a PowerPoint that will explain what we, at Olathe North, will be doing on Monday. Thank you to our Geo-Science staff for creating a great lesson plan so that all our students can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Dear Olathe Public Schools Parents,
As you know, a historic event will occur in our area on August 21, when a Total Solar Eclipse will cross the continental United States from coast to coast. Olathe will be just outside the path of totality, with the eclipse beginning at 11:40 a.m. through 2:35 p.m., experiencing 99.4% of totality at 1:08 p.m.
As educators, we could not be more thrilled to have school in session that day and be able to provide students with amazing learning opportunities. The district has been preparing for this event since the spring semester. Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided for every student and staff member in the Olathe Public Schools. These solar eclipse glasses meet NASA safety certification guidelines. We will teach and practice with all students the safe viewing of an eclipse and stress the importance of ONLY viewing the eclipse through the glasses. Students will be required to wear their glasses anytime they are observing the sun and eclipse. Our early childhood classes will not be participating in any viewing of the solar eclipse event.
The following link provides additional safety information https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
Principals may be scheduling special school-wide activities for celebrating and viewing. Teachers have access to educational classroom activities to enhance students’ experience of this amazing event. In addition, we have put together a public web page of online resources for our families. That site can be found by going to https://teachers.olatheschools.com/eclipse/.
While we believe students and staff of Olathe Public Schools will have an incredible experience viewing the eclipse by participating in planned activities in their school building, we wanted to let any parents who would prefer their child NOT participate in eclipse viewing to please contact their child’s principal. Parents will have an option for their child to have an excused absence or a supervised, alternative activity will be provided at school.
We look forward to sharing this once in a lifetime experience with students and staff on August 21. Please let your child’s principal know if you have any questions.
Olathe Public Schools Administration