A Bright Start to the New School Year

CCISD prepared to protect staff and students for Great American Solar Eclipse 2017

Backpack? Check! Lunch? Check! Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses? Check!

Parents of students in the Clear Creek School District can rest easy knowing that on the first day of school when the Solar Eclipse makes its big debut in Houston, their children’s eyes will be protected for safe viewing of the historic event.

Thanks to community partners, JSC Federal Credit Union and the Clear Creek Education Foundation, the District was able to purchase more than 47,000 ISO Certified Safe Solar Viewing Glasses to protect the eyes of students and staff, especially teachers and bus drivers, during the Aug. 21 event, which also happens to fall on the first day of school.

“While the first day of school is already an action-packed day, this is literally a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity for our students and staff to experience such a thrilling phenomenon,” said Dr. Greg Smith, superintendent of schools. This is the first total solar eclipse visible across the entire USA since 1918 and the next time it will be completely visible in the USA will be 375 years from now, in April 2392.

In the greater Houston area, eclipse watchers will see a partial eclipse of the sun. The partial eclipse will look like part of the sun is missing since the moon will cast a shadow on 68 percent of the sun. It will begin at 11:46 a.m. and continue until 2:45 p.m. with maximum viewing at 1:16 p.m. The total solar eclipse will be seen in states north of Texas.

Looking at the sun, without special glasses, during a total or partial eclipse is dangerous for the eyes. This is due to the intensity of the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) that can burn the retinas of the eyes. The sun’s UV rays are much stronger during an eclipse, which could cause permanent eye damage.

Although every classroom is different in terms of how and when they will go outside to view the eclipse, teachers have been equipped with information on viewing procedures and safety protocols and are prepared to take full advantage of this unique science lesson.

“We are so fortunate to have the support of our community partners so that each individual in our CCISD family may witness this rare occurrence,” said Dr. Smith.

Throughout the big event on August 21, CCISD staff and students are encouraged to share their experience through social media, using #CCISDEclipse2017, for their photos and learning.

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