Dear RCS Staff and Parents,
On Monday, August 21, the United States will experience “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse,” where the sun is completely covered by the moon. The “path of totality,” where the total eclipse may be observed spans 70 miles and covers a region from Oregon to South Carolina. Totality, where the path will be in complete darkness, will occur in the afternoon and last approximately 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
In totality, it is safe to view the eclipse with the naked eye, however, Columbus and Reynoldsburg City, Ohio are not in the path of totality. We will experience the partial eclipse, which is only safely visible with protective eyewear.
Some of our schools will be studying the eclipse as part of the day’s curriculum, however all of our elementary schools will be dismissing during the peak of the partial eclipse. It is imperative that you, your staff, and our students do not look into the sun without protective eyewear during this time.
Below are some tips you can share with anyone who may be experiencing the partial eclipse:
1. DO NOT look at the sun without proper eye protection.
2. The totality phase of the eclipse can be safely viewed with the naked eye.
3. Reynoldsburg is not in the path of totality. We will experience a partial eclipse.
4. During the partial phases of any solar eclipse, it is not safe to view the sun without proper eye glasses or binoculars.
5. Eye glasses and binoculars come in several different designs:
a. Paper eyeglasses
b. Folding paper binoculars
c. Hard plastic glasses
d. Solar binoculars
6. Always put on eye protection before viewing the partial eclipse, and look away from the sun before removing your eye protection.
7. If it is windy, hold on to your paper eyeglasses or paper binoculars while you observe so they do not blow away.
8. For a magnified view of the sun, use a solar telescope or a nighttime telescope that has been fitted with a solar lens.
9. Any eyewear used to view the partial eclipse should have the logo below to ensure it is certified by NASA’s latest and most stringent ISO safety standards:
The United States is the only country that will be touched by the eclipse’s path of totality on Monday and is the first solar eclipse that is exclusive to the U.S. in the nation’s history. We understand that this is an exciting time, and hope that you are able to experience the partial eclipse safely.