The plan will be to allow students to be outside (weather permitting) to view the eclipse between 12:50 to approximately 1:50 PM, with the near total eclipse taking place at 1:17 pm our time. Please see the link with the animated solar eclipse timeline. During the hour period students will have the opportunity to view the eclipse and share learning opportunities.
We invite parents who would like to participate to attend the event at your particular school. All we ask is that you notify the office by phone or send a note with your student explaining you plan on attending the solar eclipse viewing. This is a great opportunity for you to take part in a school event and you can help us insure the safety of our children.
We understand some families might choose to drive to Southern Illinois in order to see the full eclipse and we are happy to excuse your child to do so. We also understand some parents might not want their children to participate and will not send them to school on the 21st. We understand your concerns as well.
It is our goal to utilize this momentous occasion as a great learning opportunity and hope all can attend in some fashion or another. We thought about sending buses to southern Illinois to view the eclipse but felt doing so would put students in danger because of the mass amount of viewers who are already traveling to the region for the eclipse. We also considered delaying he opening day to avoid the eclipse, but felt many if not most children would not have the opportunity at home to view this wonderful phenomenon safely.
We thank you for your support in this endeavor, and reiterate we would love to have family participation in our activities for this once in a lifetime event. We offer several attachments that may give you more information about the eclipse, safety tips for viewing and activities that can be completed. We look forward to our 1st day of school on the 21st of August.
Solar Eclipse Safety Tips
Animated Solar Eclipse Timeline
Solar Eclipse information
Solar eclipse viewer