Important Information for Solar Eclipse

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 2:26pm

All eyes will be on the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. However, we at Flagler Schools would like to make sure our students view the eclipse in the safest way possible.

First off, let’s understand what this solar eclipse is. It is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. This blocks the sunlight from reaching earth for up to a three-hour period in a given location. What’s exciting about this particular solar eclipse is the path of totality, where the moon will completely cover the sun. It’s been about four decades since we’ve had such a wide portion of our country experience such an event. That path of totality will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. For those of us here in Flagler County, we’ll see a partial solar eclipse.

The time period of the eclipse locally will be approximately 1:18pm to 4:13pm, with the maximum coverage happening at 2:49pm. Heidi Alves, Science Curriculum Specialist for Flagler Schools says “We are fortunate enough to witness the solar eclipse at about 85% totality. While this is a unique experience that has not occurred in this capacity for around 99 years, we want everyone to view this eclipse safely. We will be providing a safety information sheet available to all families in preparation for this rare event.”

As to viewing this solar eclipse at school, our principals and their staff will ensure outdoor eclipse-viewing events are done safely. However, as Superintendent James Tager reminds us, “The instructional day for our middle and high school students will have been concluded by the time of maximum coverage. That is why it is so important for parents and guardians to speak with these students about the best way to view this event safely.”