Solar Eclipse Warning
Monday, August 21st there will be a solar eclipse during school hours. Colbert Public School has received warnings from professionals that allowing our students to view the eclipse could potentially be harmful to their eyesight. For this reason, we will not be allowing ANY students to view the solar eclipse. We will be providing a live stream video from NASA for them to watch in the classrooms and other places. Please encourage your students that may be oustide during parts of the eclipse due to changing classes or other reasons NOT to look at the eclipse. Below is a warnings we received from an optometrist that helps explain why we are not allowing the students to view the eclipse.
”I’m an optometrist in Tyler, TX. I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to you regarding the upcoming solar eclipse that is to occur on August 21st. There is a lot of misinformation circling about the safety of viewing the eclipse. I would recommend students to remain indoors during the eclipse. It is only natural to want to glimpse at the eclipse, but only 15 seconds of viewing can cause irreversible damage to the macula and retina. During the solar eclipse there is no stimulus to look away, so it’s easy to be permanently blinded. Students are not aware of this risk. I cannot 100% certify the ‘solar glasses’ you see being sold will filter out 100% of the harmful UV rays and cause vision loss. Nor could we be assured of proper use of these glasses by students. The best way to watch the eclipse is on TV.”