August 10, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are off to a wonderful school year. It is so good to have all of our students back for another year of learning and success. We are appreciative of how our parents and community members support our school district.
On another note, after careful consideration, Bourbon County Schools has decided to cancel all classes and any school-related activities occurring prior to 4 P.M. Monday, August 21, 2017 the day of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. This decision is due to visual safety concerns during the eclipse. We have consulted our board attorney, ophthalmologists, and others to make this important decision. Due to the peak of the eclipse occurring right at school dismiss, we could not ensure supervision in regards to optimal eye safety. Because we want this to be a learning opportunity for our students, teachers will be providing instruction about the eclipse and we will provide NASA approved glasses to all students. These glasses will be sent home on Friday, August 18, 2017 for all students. At this point, we are not sure how this school day will be made up as this is a board decision. However, communication will be sent to update you when the calendar has been revised and approved by the Bourbon County Board of Education.
The following information is from the Children’s Eye Foundation:
Be sure to follow these steps to protect your eyes:
- Anyone planning to view the eclipse should wear a pair of solar viewing glasses or handheld solar viewers that contain safe solar filters. Always supervise children using solar viewing glasses or viewers with safe solar filters.
- Protective eyewear will allow observers to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. Sunglasses and homemade filters should not be used in place of solar viewing glasses – they will not protect your eyes from damage.
- Always inspect your safe solar filter before you use it – if it is scratched or damaged in any way, do not use it.
- Don’t look at a partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, binoculars or telescope – even if you are wearing solar viewing glasses. A special safe solar filter is required to view without damage to your eyes.
Below is a website you can visit to learn more about this natural phenomenon.
Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students safe. We hope that all students have a great day viewing the solar eclipse in a safe and responsible manner.