Hello Canyon Families,
I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable weekend! As you know, tomorrow there will be a solar eclipse visible on a path across the United States. We will only experience a partial eclipse from 9:00 until noon. Although this is a rare, educational opportunity, the safety of our students is our first and foremost priority.
The majority of our classes will be remaining indoors tomorrow. They will be viewing the total eclipse, rather than the partial eclipse we would see outside, via live stream in the classrooms. We did not purchase glasses for the students because there is no guarantee that they will be used appropriately or fit children properly. According to a local optometrist, "there is no guarantee that the 'solar eclipse' glasses you have purchased for them truly do what they are supposed to do. Little kids are curious and, even with the best eye protection, they oftentimes will remove the glasses or peak around the lenses. 10 seconds of exposure to the infrared rays coming from the sun is all that is needed for damage to the retina resulting in permanent, severe, and irreversible vision loss. There are no pain receptors in the retina so your child won't feel anything and will keep staring. Their eyes are extra sensitive and their pupils larger than an adults, putting them at higher risk for damage."
We know that by keeping students inside, they will be 100% safe. If your class has indicated that they do have glasses and you would like your child to view the eclipse from outside, please be sure to return the waiver to your child’s teacher tomorrow. If your child has his/her own glasses, it will be at the teacher’s discretion as to whether or not they will be permitted to use them. This will depend on your teacher’s comfort level as well as the teacher having adequate supervision for your child and the other students in the class in order to ensure proper viewing procedures are practiced. Students will not be permitted to share with or borrow glasses from other students. And again, only students with a signed permission slip will be allowed to utilize them and only if the teacher is able to facilitate it in a safe manner for your child and can ensure the safety of the students inside the classroom. If it is important to you for your child to view the eclipse from outdoors, a parent/guardian is welcome to sign in at the office and can personally take your child outdoors to view the partial eclipse.
The eclipse will come and go but your child’s vision is precious and we need it to last a lifetime. We are going to do all that we can tomorrow to protect your kids' eyes by taking the necessary precautions. As always, student safety is our top priority. Please remember to talk with your child about the eclipse and the risks of looking directly at the sun.
I appreciate your understanding and support and I’m looking forward to a great second week at Canyon.
Nicole Sheard, Principal