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Solar Eclipse Parent/Guardian Consent Form

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On August 21, 2017 (the first Monday of our 2017-2018 school year), Hastings will be in the path of a total solar eclipse.  This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse” because it is the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States.  Hastings is one of the few cities in the path of totality.


Safety is always a top priority for HPS.  We will take all precautionary measures with both students and staff to make this experience both safe and enjoyable.  Students and staff will be instructed to not look at the sun, or even the partially eclipsed sun, without proper protective eye wear.  Thanks to Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital, all students and staff will have protective eye wear and will be instructed on when that eye wear must be used. 


As to safety, we provide the following information from NASA:


Solar retinopathy is a result of too much ultraviolet light flooding the retina. In extreme cases this can cause blindness, but is so painful that it is rare for someone to be able to stare at the sun for that long. Typically, eye damage from staring at the sun results in blurred vision, dark or yellow spots, pain in bright light or loss of vision in the center of the eye. Permanent damage to the retina has been shown to occur in approximately100 seconds, but the exact time before damage occurs will vary with the intensity of the sun on a particular day and with how much the viewer's pupil is dilated from decongestants and other drugs they may be taking.  Even when 99% of the Sun's surface is obscured during the partial phases of a solar eclipse, the remaining crescent Sun is still intense enough to cause a retinal burn. Note, there are no pain receptors in the retina so your retina can be damaged even before you realize it, and by then it is too late to save your vision!


Because of the above safety concern, a parent signature on this sheet is required by August 21, 2017, in order for students to participate in outdoor activities using the protective glasses while at school.  Students whose parents do not complete and return this form will participate in an alternative activity inside the building during the eclipse.


Parents/Guardians can use this consent form for all HPS students in their household who they wish to have participate in the outdoor activities of the school on August 21, 2017.  Please return to any HPS building.