Partial Solar Eclipse - Keep Children Safe as You Educate
Pennsylvania will have a partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. To prevent direct viewing that can damage the eyes, keep children and staff in early care and education programs inside between noon and 4:30 pm. Even with the specific, approved solar viewing glasses and close supervision it is too difficult to be sure every young child wears the glasses properly to protect their eyes. Looking directly at the sun, even when the sun is partially blocked by the moon is extremely dangerous.
Use this historic opportunity to teach children about science. Show children pictures of the partial eclipse. Or take a big ball and a little ball and have the children play being the moon and being the sun by holding a flashlight and attempt to have moon block the sun.
Prepared by Susan S. Aronson, MD, FAAP, ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Jerold M. Aronson, MD, FAAP, ECELS Child Care Health Consultant and Nancy Alleman, BSN, RN, CRNP, CSN ECELS Lead T/TA Coordinator
The Early Childhood Education Linkage System (ECELS) is a program of the PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatric