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Bedford Middle School is committed to inspiring excellence and fostering productive citizens by promoting respect, responsibility, work ethic, and perseverance.

Our mission is to ensure that our students become proficient in all subject areas by emphasizing learning from the past, applying their knowledge in the present, and to be successful and contributing members of society in the future.

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School News

Dear Families,

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the Earth producing a solar eclipse. The Great American Eclipse will range from a total to partial eclipse depending on location. In Central Virginia we will experience a partial eclipse, which will begin at approximately 1:14 p.m. and end at approximately 4:02 p.m. The maximum viewing time for the eclipse will be at 2:41 p.m.

Last week we distributed a letter that stated that we would not allow students to observe the eclipse for safety reasons. Since that time, we have obtained generous community donations that enabled us to purchase NASA-endorsed eclipse glasses for each student and staff member. These glasses provide the necessary protection for safely viewing the eclipse. For that reason, our school has made the following plan for learning about and observing the eclipse:

Bedford Middle School
Solar Eclipse Plan

  • Teachers will receive information about the eclipse-related learning activities.
  • Science teachers will teach lessons about the eclipse including safety precautions.
  • Students will receive information about the solar eclipse and the dangers involved with viewing the eclipse without eclipse glasses during the school-wide assembly.
  • Reminders about safety during the eclipse will be shared with the staff and students again the morning of August 21st.
  • Students will be expected to have their eclipse glasses on prior to viewing the eclipse. If students normally wear glasses, they will put the eclipse glasses on over them.
  • Prior to dismissal to go home, students will be directed to put on their eclipse glasses when directly looking at the sun.
  • Students that have been opted-out of viewing the eclipse outside may watch the eclipse online from NASA in the auditorium so that they can understand what is happening meteorologically without being exposed to the dangers of viewing the eclipse directly.

Bedford County Public Schools also recognizes the eclipse will coincide with dismissal time and that there may be other times students typically go outside during the day. Because of these safety concerns, other precautionary measures will be taken to protect students:

  • All teachers will be provided links to educational resources to help educate students about the eclipse and related safety risks.
  • P.E. classes and recess during the eclipse event will be held indoors.
  • All students will be instructed to wear safety glasses while loading or riding the bus or cars at dismissal when directly looking at the sun. 
  • Bus drivers will remind the students of the safety risks.
  • All families who do not want their children to participate in observing the eclipse must complete the enclosed opt-out form and return it to the school by Monday morning, August 21, 2017.
  • Any parent may check their children out of school early to observe the eclipse as a family without attendance consequences.

More information about the 2017 solar eclipse can be found on NASA’s website at

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.

A solar eclipse is a terrific learning opportunity.  Taking precautionary measures to educate

our students and staff will ensure a memorable and safe experience.



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