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August 18, 2017

Dear Dublin families,

On the morning of Monday, August 21, skywatchers across the country will experience the solar eclipse. Some of our schools and classrooms in Dublin Unified have made plans to SAFELY view the eclipse. If your school or classroom is participating in this event, we want to provide you information and resources (including important safety tips) about viewing this rare event. 

Even with sunglasses, looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to the retina, which can lead to blindness. At no time should students or participants remove eclipse glasses (where provided by your school) and look directly at the sun as it could cause permanent eye damage or other unknown effects. There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not remove his or her eclipse glasses, so please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse glasses on at all times during this event.

More need-to-know information for Eclipse Day 2017: 
Your school site will be sending home permission slips for those groups participating in specific viewing activities. If your child receives a permission slip based on their classroom activities, please return that form to school/classroom teacher by Monday morning and other arrangements will be made for your child for regular in-class activities.

No students will be able to use glasses they have brought from home. Our students’ safety is our No. 1 priority and we do not have the staff to be able to verify that individual glasses are safety-compliant or monitor the students outside if they are not with their classmates.

What is a solar eclipse? 
It’s when the sun’s light is at least partially blocked from reaching earth when the moon passes directly between the sun and earth. In other words, an eclipse is when the moon casts a shadow on earth.

When is the eclipse? 
On Monday, August 21, the eclipse will begin at approximately 9:01 A.M. and it ends at approximately 11:37 A.M. The peak of the eclipse will occur at approximately 10:15 A.M.

Why is this eclipse so special? 
This will be the first time a total solar eclipse has been visible across the United States in almost 40 years. In Dublin, a partial solar eclipse will be visible.

What will we see in Dublin? 
As the moon begins to block the Sun, temperatures will slowly drop and the sky will grow darker. But there will not be a total eclipse in Dublin. In areas of the United States where the total eclipse is visible, the sky will become so dark that stars will appear in the middle of the day!  

In Dublin, approximately 76% of the Sun will be blocked by the Moon.  As the Moon blocks the Sun, we will be able to see the outer atmosphere (the Sun’s corona) visible as a faint flickering glow around the dark disk of the Moon. (But remember, don’t look directly at the eclipse!) 
Where can I get more information? 
Eclipse Resources 




Whether or not your class or school participates in this experience is up to each site. Your principal will be communicating directly with you regarding your school’s “plan” for Eclipse Day. Please direct specific questions to your school site leader or classroom teacher.

Thank you!

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