Principal Weidow's Eclipse All Call

Principal Weidow's Eclipse All Call
Posted on 08/17/2017
Solar Eclipse

Good evening LCMS families, this is Mr. Weidow, Principal.

On August 21, there will be a solar eclipse, the first in central Virginia since 1970. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to witness a unique astronomical event, but precautions must be taken to ensure eye safety.

From approximately 1 pm to 4 pm, the moon will move between the earth and the sun creating the eclipse.  At approximately 2:45 pm, the moon will block 85% of the sun creating a corona effect as light projects around the moon.  Because the sun will be blocked behind the moon, it will get fairly dark.  This may lead people to believe looking directly at the sun is safe.  However, due to the intense amount of light radiation coming from the sun, it is possible for a viewer’s eyes to be damaged very quickly if not protected.

We want to make sure students are safe while viewing the event.  For that reason, LCMS and TeamLCPS have worked together to provide a pair of ISO/CE certified solar eclipse glasses for every student.  These glasses have both required safety certifications to ensure that our students’ eyes will be well protected. Please note that regular sunglasses are not suitable for viewing the solar eclipse and will not protect your eyes from damage.

Teachers are working to develop lessons and activities that will coincide with the eclipse.  Please talk with your student and remind them that it is never safe to look directly at the sun, even if some or all of it is blocked.  They may only look at the sun through the certified solar eclipse glasses LCMS has provided them.  If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please contact us at the school.

Thanks and have a great evening!

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