August 15, 2017
Dear Polaris Parents,
As you know on Monday, August 21, our first day of the school year, Denver will experience a 92%
partial eclipse. The event is being called “the Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the
first time since 1918 a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire continental United
States. Here at Polaris, we are planning activities so that all our students can experience and
learn about the eclipse, even if they do not go outside. In addition, we have purchased eclipse-
safe viewing glasses for all students, staff, and volunteers. There have been reports of
counterfeit viewing glasses on the market. Ours were purchase from a reputable company and were
made by American Paper Optics, one of the five companies with ISO certified glasses.
As always, student safety is our top priority. Looking directly into the sun is unsafe! The only
way to look at the eclipse or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such
as eclipse glasses. Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not
safe for looking at the sun. We are taking precautionary measures with both students and staff to
make this experience safe and enjoyable. Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety
during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures including pre- education to make sure
students are aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun. At no time should students
remove their eclipse glasses and look directly at the sun as it could cause permanent eye damage
or other unknown effects. There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not
remove their eclipse glasses at all times during the event. We are asking for your help at home to
reinforce the need for all students to follow the safety rules. We have included the Eclipse Safety
Information Page on the back of this document. Please read and review this document with your
students before Monday, August 21st.
If you want your child to participate in the outdoor viewing activity planned on August 21st,
please review, sign and return the attached permission slip. Permission slips may be returned at
our Meet and Greet, August 18, or on the first day of school, August 21, to your student’s teacher.
We are also requesting that each child who is participating in outdoor viewing bring a fitted hat
with a brim to wear. This will help safeguard the eyes as we put glasses on and take them off.
By signing this permission slip, you as a parent/guardian are acknowledging that you are aware of
the risks associated with this event, are freely assuming those risks, and waive the right to
pursue any and all claims against the District, its agents, employees, Board of Education members,
and others acting on the District’s behalf, of and from any and all injuries resulting from viewing
the Solar Eclipse. Students who do not have a signed permission slip and a hat on Monday August 21
will not be able to participate in the outside activities that day but will
be able to participate in-class activities.