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ECLIPSE VIEWING AND SAFETY

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Kansas City metropolitan community will experience a near total solar eclipse.  This rare celestial event has captured the interest and imagination of people throughout the district as well as the Kansas City metropolitan community.  In order to support the learning environment in our schools, the Midway School District will focus on two primary learning objectives for the day:

1.  Student and staff safety

2. Missouri Learning Standards addressing solar content

Teachers have identified learning content that will be pertinent for each grade level.  For students who may be participating in outdoor viewing activities, schools have secured solar filter safety glasses that meet the specifications as outlined and endorsed by NASA.  As your children prepared for school in the next week, please take a few minutes to talk with them about the eclipse and safe viewing.  NASA offers the following resource to guide the conversations: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/NaA0YFyvkg9XS1eafvZhrA~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRbdYK9P0EIAKzEYrOhi8dXB3NjaG9vbG1YBAAAAABCCgACPU-UWQgK115SFFRlcnJ5VGluaWNoQHNtc2Qub3JnCVEEAAAAAITHAWh0dHA6Ly90cmFjay5zcGUuc2Nob29sbWVzc2VuZ2VyLmNvbS9mL2EvcFpjeGROQ015NHFsV3VyQXpraWwtZ35-L0FBQUFBUUF-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-R6p7InVzZXJpZCI6IjciLCJlbnYiOiJwcm9kIiwicGVyc29uaWQiOiIyMjk1MDciLCJzZXF1ZW5jZSI6IjAiLCJqb2JpZCI6IjI5MTA5IiwiY3VzdG9tZXJpZCI6IjU0MTgiLCJlbWFpbFNvdXJjZSI6IkNVU1RPTUVSX0pPQiIsInNlbnRUaW1lTXMiOiIxNTAyODkxMzk3MzI4Iiwic2hhcmRpZCI6IjUifQ~~>.  Teachers will be reinforcing this information with students as well.

As a safety precaution during the timing of the eclipse, schools will not be scheduling outdoor recess when the eclipse is at its strongest viewing in our area (approximately 11:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

Please know that we understand families may want to participate in the eclipse together.  We welcome our families to contact the school and share any updates if you plan to have your children out for the day.  These absences will be excused. 

Additionally, for classes planning to go outside to view the eclipse, staff will take precautions when supervising students to ensure solar filter glasses remain on each student while viewing. 

We are a family friendly school and recognize that family members may want to come to school to view this event with their child.  Students going outside to view the solar eclipse will be going out at a specific time with their class.  Please feel free to contact the school or your child’s teacher for the specific time and duration they will be outside. 

Parents have the ability to opt their children out of outdoor viewing.  Specific staff members will be designated to stream this event for these children to experience.  Please communicate directly with your child’s school if an alternative activity is desired. 

We look forward to many great moments in the 2017-2018 school year. 

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