Dear Boyle County Parents,
On August 21, 2017, the moon will pass between the earth and the sun for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Millions of Americans in 12 states will watch day turn to night for a few minutes during this solar spectacle.
A partial eclipse will occur in Danville beginning at 1:01 p.m. and ending at 3:54 p.m., with nearly 96% of the sun covered during a two-minute peak-viewing window at 2:30 p.m. In order to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime learning experience, Boyle County Schools have organized structured, supervised viewing opportunities for students.
Last week, the Board of Education voted to extend the school day by one hour at all Boyle County Schools, since the eclipse will coincide with regular dismissals and to offer all students a rich eclipse opportunity. We will be utilizing a variety of resources curated by NASA, PBS’s NOVA Education and Boyle County educators to provide an unforgettable learning event for our K-12 students.
Safety during the eclipse viewing is our top priority. While this event creates an excellent learning opportunity for our students, important safety guidelines will be followed. Because the sun will never be totally covered during our eclipse experience, students will be required to wear special viewing glasses.
We will provide all students and staff NASA-endorsed, eclipse-safe viewing glasses purchased from American Paper Optics (glasses meet ISO 12312-2 safety requirements). All teachers, students and support staff will be trained on the methods of viewing an eclipse safely, complete with warnings regarding attempts to watch this event without protecting one’s eyes.
Please take a moment to review the below Boyle County Schools’ Eclipse Plan. Parents wishing to experience the eclipse with their children are encouraged to check their child out prior to 1:30 p.m. Parents and/or students may also choose to stay at school the entire day, but opt-out of participating in outdoor viewing activities by returning the opt-out form located at the bottom of the eclipse plan.
A solar eclipse is a memory to last a lifetime! Taking precautionary measures will ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for our students. We look forward to this extraordinary event and making it a positive learning experience for everyone.
Superintendent, Boyle County Schools
Download Boyle County Schools Eclipse Plan
Additional information about the 2017 solar eclipse can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov.