On Monday, August 21st, 2017, all of North America will be able to witness a solar eclipse. This occurs as the moon passes and blocks the view of the sun. Arizona will only experience a partial eclipse, which is scheduled to begin at 9:13am, reaching maximum coverage at 10:33am, and ending at 12:00pm. Without protecting your eyes, staring at the sun for any length of time, even seconds, can cause permanent damage, including loss of vision.
To minimize the likelihood that students will look directly at the sun and risk damaging their eyes, we are asking that before Monday families speak to their children about the eclipse. Please explain to your child the dangers of looking directly at the sun and the potential damage this can cause their eyes.
In the interest of safety, Paradise Schools is highly recommending that students, faculty and staff view the eclipse “virtually” through a live broadcast feed provided by NASA. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov. Additionally, Paradise Schools will not allow students to use solar eclipse glasses due to the number of recalled and imitation glasses that have distributed.
To further ensure the safety of our students and staff, Paradise Schools has decided to keep everyone indoors as much as possible between the hours of
9:00am and 12:00pm. There will be no outdoor lunch, recess, or PE. Outdoor movement will be limited to restroom use, walking to and from lunch, and the passing of classes.
Parents who chose to keep their student home on Monday, August 21st may contact the school to have their absence excused. We realize this is an exciting scientific event; however student safety is always our utmost priority.
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact your school office.
Paradise Schools Leadership Team