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August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will shadow a sixty-five mile-wide path through fourteen states, beginning in Oregon and exiting the South Carolina coast. For Georgians, the range of view is one hundred percent in the northeast corner of the state to ninety percent partial view in the majority of the state. The entire event will touch the U.S. for only one hour, thirty-three minutes and some seconds.

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:

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.

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