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Solar Eclipse Viewing & Update
Please see letter below from Mr. Chapman regarding the change of school hours on August 21. The consent form is attached below to view the eclipse; the form was also sent home. 

On August 21, 2017, our community will experience a somewhat rare phenomenon of a solar eclipse. Although we will not be in the path of a “total” eclipse, we will experience a significant degree. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the first time since 1918 a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States. There has been a great amount of interest generated for this event and our schools are wanting to make this an educational opportunity for our students.

In order for this to be accomplished, we will need to modify our day due to the timing of the event with school dismissal. The school day will begin 1 hour later than normal and extend 1 hour later. In essence, it will be a typical school day. Parents may still drop off their children at school on their way to work at their normal time. Our goal is to promote optimum safety prior to, during and after the eclipse. Therefore, we will have eclipse-safe viewing glasses provided for students, faculty and staff. Safety is always a top priority. We will take all precautionary measures to make this experience safe, educational and enjoyable.

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Students will not be permitted to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices, with or without glasses. (For more information on viewing the eclipse safely to prevent eye damage, please visit

Because of these safety concerns, a parent or guardian signature on the attached sheet is required in order for students to participate in the event using the eclipse glasses. Students whose parents do not complete this form will not be able to view the eclipse outside. We will, however, provide the students the opportunity to view the eclipse inside via the NASA website that will live-stream the event.


David A. Chapman
Attachments Available To Download:
Eclipse Letter & Consent Form
Solar Eclipse Update
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