851 East Hickory Street Arcadia, FL   34266
Phone: (863) 494-2736  Fax: (863) 993-2202
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.      School Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

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Solar Eclipse Guidelines

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The Solar Eclipse will take place next Monday, August 21st. Out of an abundance of caution for our student's safety, the School District of DeSoto will adhere to the following guidelines:


1. Looking directly into the sun without approved safety glasses can cause serious eye damage and possible blindness.
2. ALL outdoor school activities will be moved indoors from 1:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. This includes all physical education classes, recess, sports practices, and band practices.

3. Schools will be dismissed at their regularly scheduled times.

4. If parents wish to pick up their children before regular dismissal time at their school on Monday, August 21, early dismissals will be allowed/excused. Parents may wish to pick up their child early for the following reasons:  If they have concerns there may be traffic issues  If they have concerns about their child walking, biking home, or riding the bus Students who are signed out by their parents prior to the eclipse event will be excused beginning at 12:30 p.m. Parents must follow normal sign-out protocol.

5. Principals may approve teachers of science (grades 6-12) 10-minute solar viewing activities for students upon verification of NASA approved eclipse glasses and signed parent permission. To date only four manufacturers have certified their eclipse glasses (Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17).

6. The district encourages teachers to use their classroom TV monitors to view the eclipse safely in their classrooms.

7. School Principals and Staff will hold bus and car riders indoors until their buses or cars arrive.

8. It is important for parents to talk to your children and remind them never to look directly into the sun at any time or for any reason. Additional details for your review are available on NASA's website:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

 

 

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