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Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Image of an eclipse with the Crisp County School System logo located on the far right.

On August 21st, there will be a solar eclipse event which will reach its peak for our area at 2:40 in the afternoon. The moon will move between the sun and the Earth blocking the light of the sun. Thus, the moon will cast a shadow on the earth.

Emergency Management Agency partners have informed us that the eclipse itself is not considered a significant event for Crisp County, and there will be no need to alter daily activities. However, viewing partial eclipses is never safe to do without taking special precautions. Do not attempt to observe any phase of the eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage.

The Crisp County School System will take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity for our students. Each student, with parent permission, will receive safety viewing glasses in order to observe the phases of the eclipse. (The safety glasses are rated ISO12312-2 and approved for direct observation of the sun, supplied by Thousand Oaks Optical.) Students will be involved in several learning activities leading up to the eclipse event.

We will follow our normal dismissal times for the elementary, middle, and high schools. Parents may still pick students up at the normal dismissal times.

The primary school and pre-k school will dismiss 30 minutes later on August 21st so that their students can participate in these educational activities. Bus transportation will be delayed throughout the system accordingly.