On August 21, 2017, (our first Monday of the 2017-2018 school year), Grand Island will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States. Grand Island is one of the few cities in the path of totality. Planning is already underway to ensure our students can experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. Through GIPS Foundation grant funding, GIPS has purchased eclipse-safe viewing glasses for all students and staff.
Safety is always a top priority for GIPS. We will take all precautionary measures with both students and staff to make this experience both safe and enjoyable. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Students will not be permitted to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars or other optical devices, with or without glasses. (For more information regarding the safety certification of the special viewing glasses, please visit www.eclipseglasses.com/pages/safety)
Because of these safety concerns, a parent signature on the attached permission form is required by August 21 in order for students to participate using the eclipse glasses. Students whose parents either do not complete this form or choose to opt out their child will view televised coverage and complete an alternative activity from inside the school building during the eclipse.
Parents can fill out one form including all GIPS students in their household. We will maintain the information over the summer.
Forms will be available at Parent Teacher Conferences in February or can be downloaded below.