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CCPS Great American Eclipse Plan

posted Aug 14, 2017, 6:08 PM by Amy Abell   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 6:32 PM ]
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On ​Monday,​ ​August 21, 2017 ​ the shadow of the Moon will sweep across the Earth producing a solar eclipse.   The Great American Eclipse will range from a total to partial eclipse depending on location.  In Central Virginia, we will experience a partial eclipse, which will begin at approximately 1:14 p.m. and end at approximately 4:02 p.m.   The maximum viewing time for the eclipse will be at 2:41 p.m.  


Campbell County Public Schools recognizes the eclipse will coincide with dismissal time and safety is our top priority.   All schools throughout the division will be educating students about the safety risks.  Looking directly at the sun is unsafe.  Through donations from local businesses, individual school support, and private donors, we have been able to ensure that all students will be provided with special NASA-endorsed eclipse glasses.   Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sunEach school will offer the opportunity for students to participate in a supervised viewing of the eclipse using the approved eye-wear.     Students will not be permitted outside to view the eclipse without the protective eye-wear.  


On Tuesday, August 15, a letter will be sent home with each child.   In Elementary and Middle School grades parents will be required to complete a permission form and return to your child's school by Thursday, August 17High School students will be given the option to opt out of the high school eclipse viewing.  All students will be given the opportunity to view the eclipse.  Live streaming of the event will also be available inside each school.   The letters are posted below.   There is a specific letter for elementary, middle and high school students.  Click below to access the appropriate letter. 

A solar eclipse is a memory to last a lifetime! Taking precautionary measures to educate our students will ensure a memorable and safe experience.

 Elementary Students                    Middle School Students                       High School Students