On Monday, August 21, 2017, the total eclipse of the sun will turn skies dark. For our area, the eclipse will occur between 1:06 p.m. and 3:51 p.m., with maximum coverage of the sun (80 percent) occurring at the mid-point of the eclipse just after 2:30 p.m. The sun will appear as a slim crescent at that time.
This is a rare occurrence and the safety of our students is our first priority. The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters/glasses that are necessary for viewing, therefore:
- Students will remain indoors (1pm to dismissal) during the eclipse.
- After-school athletics and activities will be held as normal. Students will be reminded of safety procedures and importance of not looking directly at the sun.
- Staff members and bus drivers will reinforce the importance of not looking at the sun as students exit the building for dismissal.
Science teachers may discuss and view (using real time resources)
this natural phenomena in their classroom as it pertains to their curriculum.
Our primary concern is helping students understand that looking at the sun during the time span of the eclipse can cause severe and irreversible damage to their eyes. Please talk to your children about what an eclipse is and why it is dangerous to view the sun without protective eyewear.
Staff members will reinforce the safety message as the eclipse takes place.
Here are some links for your family to enjoy this rare occurrence.