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Wilson County Schools Solar Eclipse Information

On August 21, 2017 the moon will pass between the earth and the sun for the first coast to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Millions of Americans in 12 states will be able to watch this solar spectacle that will turn day into night for a couple of minutes. Tennessee is among the 12 states that have been declared to be a premiere location to experience this rare phenomenon.

The Wilson County School System is planning for its students participate in the event. Curriculum and activities concerning the scientific relevance of the occurrence have been prepared and the students will be able to participate in a safe viewing experience of this event. The Wilson County School System will supply NASA approved solar eclipse viewing glasses to allow the students to participate safely while at school. Additionally, the curriculum has been designed to include instructions on methods of safe viewing of an eclipse complete with warnings regarding attempts to watch this event without protecting one’s eyes. For more information regarding solar eclipse safety, please visit https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety or the WCS Solar Eclipse 2017 site located under Parent tab at www.wcschools.com.

The Wilson County School System will exercise care and careful supervision for all students who participate in this event. However, as a parent you have the right to keep your child at home to experience this event as a family. If you elect to keep your child at home, the absence will be counted as an excused absence if a parent note is submitted to your child’s school within three days. Students are allowed five of these absences per semester. Students in high school will have this absence count as one of three days allowed towards exam exemptions.

If you choose for your child to attend school on August 21, 2017 and not view the solar eclipse you will need to complete the section below and return this document to your child’s school.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Student Name: ______________________________ School: __________________________ Grade: _____

I/We, parent(s)/guardian(s) of ______________________________, request that our child(ren) refrain from viewing the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Parent/Guardian Signature: _________________________________ Date: ______________

In order to opt out of viewing the solar eclipse this form must be signed and returned to schools by August 21, 2017