August 17, 2017
Dear Parents of Oakwood Students,
As you know, the first day of school coincides with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a solar eclipse. The last time this event occurred was in 1918! Salt Lake City will not experience totality, but the city will see a spectacular 91% eclipse.
At Oakwood, this educational opportunity will be incorporated into lessons, activities, an assembly, and culminate with a viewing. I have purchased ISO certified and approved solar viewing glasses for all students from the Clark Planetarium.
To ensure the safety and success of this activity, we would like to ask you to please discuss this event with your children and emphasize the importance of using solar glasses. Looking at the sun without protection for even a few seconds will result in permanent and irreversible vision loss to the exposed eye. Students must not be tempted to peek around the filter at any time. Safe viewing expectations need to be taught by parents, reiterated by teachers, and reinforced during an assembly to ensure the safety of students.
We would invite any parents to volunteer on Monday at 11:15 a.m. to help teachers supervise and support students during the viewing time.
Our schedule on the first day has been rearranged to accommodate the eclipse timeframe. For their protection, students will not be going out to morning or lunch recess.
If you prefer to experience this scientific happening with your children at home, you have the option to excuse your child from school. As an alternative viewing activity, we will show a live stream of the eclipse in one of our inside instruction rooms. Please let us know if this is an option you would like to choose.
Principal, Oakwood Elementary