Solar Eclipse Permission Form

Posted on 08/16/2017
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On August 21, 2017, our first Monday of the 2017-2018 school year, Littleton will experience a 92% partial solar eclipse. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the first time since 1918 a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire continental United States. The Science Department at Deer Creek has designed eclipse activities to ensure our students can experience this once-in-a-lifetime event. We have purchased eclipse-safe viewing glasses for all students and staff for outside viewing and will have in-class activities as well.

As always, student safety is our top priority. Looking directly into the sun is unsafe! The only way to look at the eclipse or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses. Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. We are taking precautionary measures with both students and staff to make this experience safe and enjoyable. Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we are including eclipse and safety education to make sure students are aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun.

If you want your child to participate in the outdoor viewing activity planned on August 21st, please review, sign and return the Student Assumption of Risk and Waiver (below). Completed forms must be returned to your student’s science teacher no later than 8:10 on Monday, August 21. A signed physical copy of the waiver is required – verbal or hand-written permission cannot be accepted.

If you prefer that your student participate indoors during the eclipse, no form is needed. A video simulcast will be viewed in classrooms during the eclipse so that students can participate in the related educational activities.

We are excited to provide this learning experience for students with the understanding that there are inherent risks to direct viewing. I encourage you to visit the NASA eclipse page at for additional information to determine the best way for your student to participate in the eclipse activities on Monday.



Rob Hoover
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