August 21 dismissal delayed one hour for dynamic educational opportunity
DANVILLE, KY – AUGUST 11, 2017 – Boyle County Schools will delay all school dismissals by one hour on Monday, August 21, to allow students to experience “The Great American Eclipse.”
“We are excited to give students the opportunity to safely participate in this rare astronomical event,” said Superintendent Mike LaFavers. “This is going to be one of the most dynamic teaching days of the year and our schools are preparing for a fun, interactive eclipse experience for all Boyle County kids.”
Experts indicate that a partial eclipse will last from approximately 1:01 p.m. until 3:54 p.m. in Danville, with peak viewing at 2:30 p.m. The Board of Education voted to delay dismissal times for one hour at all Boyle County Schools, because the eclipse will coincide with regular dismissals and to offer all students a rich eclipse opportunity.
The district has purchased 3,100 eclipse-safe viewing glasses to ensure that every student and staff member can participate. Glasses will be distributed on August 21, along with instruction on how to safely use the glasses to view the phenomenon.
In order to facilitate this on-campus educational experience, parents wishing to share the event with their children are encouraged to check students out prior to 1:30 p.m. Families planning eclipse experiences away from the school district on August 21 should directly contact school principals or Chris Holderman, assistant superintendent and director of pupil personnel, at 859.236.6634 extension 3272.
For more information on the 2017 solar eclipse, including safety and viewing tips, visit NASA’s website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.
Boyle County Schools
859.236.6634 extension 3203