2017 Solar Eclipse Across America

Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:33 pm
2017 Solar Eclipse Across America

Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, all of North America will experience an eclipse of the Sun. In Van Buren the eclipse will occur between 11:45 - 2:30. Total coverage will be a little less than 90%. This will not be enough for it to get completely dark, but it will be noticeably grey in color.

Safety during the eclipse is our top priority. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. Because the sun will never be totally covered during our eclipse experience, individuals should wear special eclipse glasses during the entire time they are outside.

Because of the safety concerns, the following precautionary measures will be taken to protect our students at King Elementary.

  • Students will have indoor recess during the time of the eclipse.

  • Only classes who have eclipse glasses that meet the guidelines given out by NASA will be going outside to view the eclipse. These teachers will be sending home permission slips.

As an alternative to an outside viewing of the eclipse, all students will have the opportunity to view a live stream of the event being provided by NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive.  In addition to the livestream, staff will use resources provided by NASA.  Some of our classes have received eclipse glasses. Those classes will be sending permission slips that must be signed and returned before students will be allowed to directly view the eclipse. Students that do not return the permission slip will be allowed to view the livestream instead.

This will be a special event and a great learning experience. Our goal is to ensure an enjoyable and safe learning experience for our students. Please contact us if you have any additional questions.