Solar Eclipse School Time Change

Solar Eclipse School Time Change
Posted on 08/15/2017

Tri-Central Community Schools are very excited about the solar eclipse event that will take place on Monday, August 21st, 2017.  For our area, the eclipse is scheduled to begin at 12:57pm, be its strongest at 2:24pm, and end at 3:47pm.  Due to this timing, we have decided to run school on this Monday, the 21st , from 9:00am till 4:00pm instead of our normal 8:00 till 3:00 day.  This will keep students from getting on the bus after school or traveling home while the eclipse is still taking place.  All school and bus schedules will just be shoved forward one hour.  Students will not be dismissed before 4:00 unless written notification comes from their parent/guardian.  We apologize for any inconvenience but we believe this safety plan is what is best for our students.

While this event is a historical event for our times, TCCS wants to ensure the experience is safe and enjoyable for all spectators.  Staring directly into the sun can cause eye damage and may result in permanent impairment.  Our plan is to take advantage of this educational opportunity for our students.  We have purchased over 800 pairs of glasses for our students and staff so that they may take part in an outdoor convocation during the eclipse.  The glasses have been deemed to be safe as they have an ISO 12312-2 certification.  The teachers will lead the students to the football field sometime around 2:15pm for the convocation and return to their classrooms around 2:45pm.  Teachers will be providing many informational pieces and safety practices before the eclipse takes place.  Please help us by talking to your child about this at home before the date of the event.

If any parent/guardian does not want their child to participate in the event while at school, please notify your child’s office in writing.  If your child’s school has sent home a permission slip, please follow that office’s protocol.  If the parent/guardian decide to not have the student at school during this time, it will not be counted as an unexcused absence but will count against them for perfect attendance.

Again, we are very excited for this scientific learning opportunity!  We want our families, students, and staff to be safe and conscious of proper viewing measures to ensure a healthy, historical experience.

To read more about The Great American Eclipse, click here:  https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

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