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Solar Eclipse Outdoor Lab Day

The solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, will offer the entire Cherry Creek Schools community an incredible and unique learning opportunity that extends beyond the classroom. Students of all ages will view this rare natural phenomenon directly during the districtwide Solar Eclipse Outdoor Lab Day. The district is ordering special eclipse viewing glasses for every student and staff member to ensure a safe experience for all.

Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind during the eclipse.

  • The district will provide "eclipse glasses" to all Cherry Creek students and staff, and these glasses meet current international standards for eye protection. Any students, teachers and staff taking part in the Solar Eclipse Outdoor Lab Day MUST wear these glasses when viewing the eclipse.

  • It's important to inspect the glasses before each use – DO NOT use glasses that appear scratched, torn or damaged in any way. MAKE SURE that the glasses fit properly and are not liable to fall off during the viewing.

  • Put on the glasses BEFORE looking up at the bright sun; DO NOT remove while looking at the sun.

  • The glasses ARE NOT a substitute for solar filtration on telescopes, binoculars or cameras. DO NOT look at the sun through any of these unfiltered devices, even with glasses. A proper solar filter is required for any of these devices is REQUIRED.

  • When working with small children, closely monitor their use of eclipse glasses and be sure the glasses fit and do not fall off during viewing.

  • Many websites say that it is safe to take off the eclipse glasses while the sun is completely blocked. It is important to know that we are not in the “path of totality” and therefore the sun will not be completely blocked. So it is not safe to take off the glasses while viewing ANY stage of the eclipse.

Download a solar eclipse safety flyer here: SolarEclipse.pdf




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