On August 21, 2017, Auburn 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. Auburn 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. APS has received eclipse-safe viewing glasses for all students and staff.
Safety is always a top priority for APS. 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 https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/safe-viewing).
Because of these safety concerns, a parent signature on the 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.