From the desk of Superintendent Dave Wilcox:
I am writing this letter to inform you of the stance the Smackover-Norphlet School District is taking with respect to the viewing of the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday August 21, 2017.
Student and staff safety is our priority; therefore, we will NOT be viewing the solar eclipse on Monday “with or without” protective glasses. In fact, to the extent possible, it is our plan to keep students inside the school buildings during the eclipse, which is anticipated to run from 11:40 am to 2:50 pm on Monday, August 21st, except for middle school and high school students changing classes. We do, however, plan to livestream video from NASA or other sites so that our students may watch “safely” at different times throughout the school day.
Please speak with your child about the dangers of viewing the solar eclipse. Viewing the solar eclipse, even with glasses designed for that purpose, may cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye within 15 seconds of viewing the solar eclipse. Please see the back of this letter for important information from the Kinslow Eye and Laser Center regarding viewing the solar eclipse.
I hope this message gives you peace of mind in knowing the intentions of the Smackover-Norphlet School District’s stance and plan to attempt to keep our students safe from harm with respect to viewing of the solar eclipse.