Re: Safe Eclipse Viewing during 6th grade orientation

Short version: All of the glasses we now have for the eclipse viewing are were purchased by at reputable vendor (Fred Meyer), approved by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

Longer more detailed version if you are interested: On Monday, August 21 around 10:20am Bellevue will be experiencing the maximum view of the eclipse. This amazing event is happening during the 6th grade orientation, the Highland PTSA has been working with our principal and staff to see if we can take a bit of time out of the schedule for the students, WEB leaders and staff can experience the eclipse.

We received a donation for eclipse glasses for all of the participants so they were ordered online through Amazon. Unfortunately, yesterday we received an email from Amazon that they were not certain that they were officially verified approved glasses so therefore, Amazon recommended that they not be used.

As you can imagine, the health and safety of our students and community is a high priority so our first thought was to cancel the viewing all together because if we were to order again online we would have had to pay so much more with no guarantee that they would be here in time.

After a lot of research, we were able to find out that Fred Meyer had approved and certified glasses. Bright and early this morning, with the help of Fred Meyer employees finding extra ones from the back, we now have enough safe, certified glasses for all of our 6th grade students, WEB leaders, staff and might even enough to distribute additional glasses for students or families that might want them in advance of the event.

There will be another post prior to the event with last minute details for distribution.

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me/the PTSA know either by private messaging me through Facebook or through the Highland PTSA email at HMS-ptsa@live.com

Thanks,
Jess Garcia 
2017-2018 Highland PTSA President