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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Letter and Permission Slip

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s) of West Point- Beemer Public School Students:


Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible throughout North America. The city of West Point is just off the path of a total Eclipse. We will experience a 97.5% of the total Eclipse. This will last approximately 2 minutes in West Point.  The total time of the event will be around 3 hours.  The eclipse falls on a school day and the students of West Point Public Schools will be able to view the eclipse as a “once in a lifetime” educational opportunity.  The age of the student will determine the amount of time spent on the event.

However, viewing an eclipse can present some risks.  According to NASA, looking directly into the sun, is unsafe and can result in temporary or permanent eye damage.  NASA advises that the only safe way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.”  Ordinary sunglasses are NOT safe for this purpose.  Please click on the link for NASA’s guidance titled How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely.  We encourage you to read NASA’s guidance and explain it to your children.

West Point Public Schools will have approved eclipse glasses for each student and staff member and the School staff will use their best efforts to make sure all students wear the eclipse glasses while viewing the eclipse in its partial stages.  Please help us with this effort by explaining to your children the importance of keeping their school provided eclipse glasses on while viewing the eclipse in its partial stages. 

Parents and guardians are ultimately responsible for their children and should decide whether their children should view the solar eclipse.  Since neither you nor I can guarantee your child will not remove their glasses, which can result in eye damage, we are asking your assistance.  If you want your child to be a part of this experience, please sign and return the consent form to the School office.  Consent forms are available online (www.wpcadets.org) or at your child’s building.

Thank you for helping us make the 2017 solar eclipse a safe and enjoyable educational opportunity for West Point-Beemer Public Schools. 


Please click here for the Permission Slip to sign for your student to view the total solar eclipse





Mr. Bill McAllister

Superintendent of Schools

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