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Parents Can Help Remind Students to Never Look Directly at the Sun

ELK GROVE, Calif. – August 16, 2017 – On Monday, August 21, people from around the world plan to visit the United States to witness the total solar eclipse. Local and national news agencies have raised awareness of this once in a lifetime experience and have drawn attention to the eye protection needed for safe viewing. The Sacramento area will experience a 76% eclipse, with the Moon beginning to cover the Sun at 9:02 a.m., reaching maximum coverage at 10:17 a.m., and then moving away from the Sun at 11:39 a.m.

Elk Grove Unified places student safety first. All students will be reminded that they should never look directly at or stare at the sun. We realize that some students may be curious and we ask that parents reinforce the same safety message that one should never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Parents may also request in writing to have their child opt out of participating in a planned activity.

Given the solar eclipse offers unique, and valuable educational opportunities, a variety of learning activities have been planned. Steps are being taken by staff to conduct these activities in a safe manner. If parents have questions regarding the specifics of these activities, they should contact their child’s school.

Below is some information developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) parents may find useful.

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 65 schools: 40 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 40 career-themed academies and pathways within 13 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and strive for having every student learning in every classroom, every subject, every day.

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