Frequently Asked Questions

How will Westminster students, faculty, and staff view the eclipse safely?
Westminster will provide glasses for all students, faculty, and staff that meet the CE and ISO requirements for safe viewing.

What precautions are being taken to keep students safe?
Students will be instructed to keep their shades on at all times until an announcement is made that it is safe to take them off at the beginning of totality. After about 90 seconds, another announcement will be made telling students to put their glass back on again. If a student is unable to wear the shades, we recommend other viewing options, such as using a pinhole camera. (Many examples are online, and the end result is that while using the pinhole camera, the student is looking in the exact opposite direction from the sun. Some science and STEM classes may even be constructing variations of this device during the first week of school.   

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Are parents allowed to join the school community viewing event?
Parents are welcome to join our viewing assembly but be advised that traffic is expected to be heavy, parking limited, and parents will be responsible for providing their own glasses.

What is the rain plan for this special event?
In the case of inclement weather, 
we still plan to have a special assembly, and we are anticipating live-streaming the event. Stay tuned!