Greater Clark County Schools was extremely excited about the educational opportunity for our students to view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. The district purchased solar eclipse glasses for students and staff and was led to believe they had the appropriate ISO certification. However, this afternoon we uncovered a discrepancy in the company’s certification document and, after extensive efforts over the last several hours to contact the company, we have yet to receive from the company the verification we need to give us 100% confidence the eclipse glasses we purchased are ISO 12312-2 certified.
The safety of our students and staff is top priority and, therefore, we have decided that students will not be allowed outside Monday to view the eclipse. Teachers will still provide students opportunities to view the eclipse from inside our schools and a normal school day will be held.
Parents have the ability to sign their child out of school early if they would like their student to experience the eclipse under their supervision with proper eyewear. Student absences, with parent permission, will be excused, but will count against perfect attendance.
Jeffersonville High School will delay dismissal until 2:35 p.m. as initially planned. Athletic practices at all schools will begin after 4:00 p.m.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, but we cannot put our students and staff at-risk without confirmation that the eclipse glasses we purchased are properly certified. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unique event.
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