August 17, 2017

District Encourages Proper Eye Protection For All Eclipse Viewings
NEW ORLEANS – (Aug. 17, 2017) –The Orleans Parish School Board is issuing a warning urging all schools to use caution if they are planning viewings of solar eclipse, which will occur on Monday, Aug. 21.
As impressive as this historic event is, the OPSB urges schools wanting to have students view the eclipse to please ensure students and staff have proper eye protection. As Louisiana is not in the direct path of the eclipse there will be no safe time to view the eclipse without proper eye protection.
Eclipse glasses are available for sale at several retailers, including Walgreens. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun and can cause serious or even permanent vision damage.
The OPSB encourages everyone to enjoy this solar event. However, eye safety should be first and foremost in planning any viewing of the eclipse.
For more info solar eclipse viewing methods and safety measures please visit: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/Solar_Eclipse_Safety_RTFv14.pdf
The OPSB currently oversees 41 schools, including 20 networked Charter schools, 17 non-networked Charter schools, four network schools and one educational program for students in secure care facilities.
For more information on OPSB, visit www.opsb.us and OPSB Facebook and Twitter (@_OPSB) pages.
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