Viewing the Great American Eclipse

Students view the solar eclipse from the baseball field of HHS.

Months and months of anticipation and preparation poured into the occurrence of a lifetime. An event that hasn’t occurred in the United States in over a century was visible in the sky on August 21, 2017 from Heritage campus.

Students on their off hour rushed outside to get a glimpse of the moon blanketing the sun, with protective eyewear of course. But those stuck inside were forced to compromise.

At Heritage, science classes purchased protective eyewear but other classes were not; this means that non-science classes would not be able to go outside during the eclipse unless they had some other means as to receive eclipse glasses.

Jennifer Gustafson, an English teacher, was lucky enough to have a student who provided an adequate number of eyeglasses for her classmates of 5th period AP Seminar. Gustafson took this opportunity to rush her students outside just in time to witness the peak of the eclipse.

“I felt like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and what a great thing to be able to experience and discuss,” Gustafson said.

Other classes were not as lucky. Brittmarie Solis, a spanish teacher was unable to take her 5th period class outside to watch the eclipse.

“There were no clear directions as to viewing the eclipse. I was told it had to fit into my curriculum,” Solis said.

When asked if she would have taken her students outside if glasses had been provided Solis replied, “Heck yeah! I just wish it [the instructions and preparations] had been more organized.”

Is it a school’s responsibility to provide everyone with glasses or is it courtesy? Some schools like Littleton Academy provided glasses to all students and teachers but there is no written policy stating this must be done.

Students view the solar eclipse from the baseball field of HHS.
Students view the solar eclipse from the soccer field of HHS. All students have protective solar eclipse glasses.

Unfortunately not everyone was able to participate in this event but maybe next time Heritage will be more prepared when a solar eclipse crosses over the school.

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