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Important Information--Solar Eclipse


On August 21, 2017 we will experience a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred over the U.S. mainland since 1979.  A total solar eclipse, which is when the moon completely covers the sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide swath of the country.  While Pendleton County is not located in this area, we will still be able to view the partial solar eclipse. 

This event will be an extraordinary educational opportunity for our students.  Some of our schools will have special events and activities related to the eclipse, and more information will be sent home from the respective schools. 

While this event is extremely exciting for our students, we must also acknowledge the importance of proper eye safety.  The eclipse must be viewed only through proper eclipse glasses.  All schools will provide students with proper viewing glasses that have been approved.

In order to protect our students’ eyes during this event:

·       Students will not participate in any unstructured outdoor activities, including recess

·       Students will be advised to not look directly at the sun without wearing solar eclipse glasses

·       Bus drivers will also advise students to not look directly at the sun

·       Afternoon practices, games or events will be postponed until the eclipse has concluded

Pendleton County Schools recognize the significance of this educational event and if you wish to travel to western Kentucky for better viewing options or feel more comfortable viewing the event at home please plan to complete our district’s educational enhancement form, which can be found on our website at http://www.pendleton.kyschools.us/docs//district/depts/46/educational%20enhancement%20form%20.pdf?id=16747

Regardless of where you view this spectacular event, please remember not to look directly at the sun without wearing proper solar eclipse glasses.  Parents, we invite you to assist us in sharing the importance of not looking directly at the sun without proper eclipse glasses with your child. We never want to put our students’ vision in jeopardy.  Please help us enjoy this  rare, educational event and keep your child safe.  More information about the solar eclipse can be found at www.nasa.gov/eclipse.

Schools will operate on a regular schedule for the entire school day. Schools will be sending more specific information home with your child. 

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