Because maximum exposure for the eclipse in our area will take place at 2:41 p.m., the district will extend the school day by thirty minutes for all students, so that all students and staff may view the event across the district. On Monday, August 21, 2017, middle and high school students will dismiss at 3:30 p.m. and primary and elementary students will dismiss at 3:35 p.m.
The Burke County School District views this event as an awesome learning opportunity for our students, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Accordingly, all content area teachers across all grade levels will provide instruction related to such occurrences beforehand, and every student in the district will have the opportunity to view the eclipse while at school. We have purchased appropriate eye-wear for all students and staff, and, in overseeing the eclipse viewing with their students, our teachers and staff will be prepared and authorized to use their discretion, including the exercise of personal deliberation and judgment.
Please note the following items:
- The school day will begin at the regular times for all schools.
- Parents or guardians who wish for their children not to participate in viewing the eclipse must sign and return the opt-out form, indicating their desire that their child not participate in the eclipse viewing activities.
Community solar eclipse resources include:
- An interactive eclipse map that allow to select your location and see the calculated eclipse times and duration of annularity for that location.
- The American Astronomical Society has created How to Safely Watch a Solar Eclipse at https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety and has posted eclipse glasses and social viewer information at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety
- Additonal eye safety and further information on viewing the eclipse
- A simulation of what you will experience in your area
- What's the big deal about the solar eclipse?
Your cooperation and support are greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact the District Office if you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, 706-554-5101.