On Monday, August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse – the first since 1918 that will be visible across the continental United States.
The moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The height of the eclipse will occur around 3 p.m., when 80 percent of the sun’s surface will be covered. It will take another 80 minutes for the moon to move out of the way, with the event concluding by 4:30 p.m.
The school will observe their regular dismissal times on August 21. However, all activities between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – including regular academic classes, physical education classes, recess, athletic practice, band practice and aftercare programs – will be held indoors. Outdoor activities will resume after 4:30 p.m.
Some key points:
- No outdoor activities — All school-sponsored in-school and afterschool activities will take place indoors between 1:30 and 4:30 (the duration of the eclipse).
- Parent options —Parents can choose to pick up their child early or keep their child home and, with an appropriate note, have it considered an excused absence.
- Class changes, bathroom breaks, dismissals, and other similar procedures will take place — but students will be frequently reminded not to look at the sun, as it can quickly cause permanent damage.