Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21

Aug. 16, 2017

The following message was sent to parents/guardians of modified school calendars about the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017.


On Monday, August 21 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Calgary. We know that this provides a unique learning experience for students and staff in our schools; however, there can be serious impacts to vision as a result of viewing the eclipse in an unsafe manner.

During this partial solar eclipse on Monday, we would like to invite all students to remain at school for an indoor lunch. Please send a lunch with your child. Students will be involved in supervised indoor activities and away from windows to the outside.  

If you decide that your child will walk home for lunch on Monday, please discuss with your child not to look at the sun to protect his/her eyes from damage by the solar eclipse. 

During a solar eclipse, looking directly at the sun is dangerous. Safe viewing of the eclipse requires wearing specialized glasses or watching through a telescope or solar binoculars that have specialized lenses and should only be performed under the direction of a professional. 

For more safety information can be found on the NASA website at:

If you have further questions, please contact your school office.