2017 Great American Solar Eclipse

2017 Great American Solar Eclipse
Posted on 08/17/2017

DATE: August 17, 2017

Cristen McMillan
Phone: 772-564-5527 

Vero Beach, FL, August 17, 2017– The School District of Indian River County will observe the Eclipse with a regular bell schedule.

During the afternoon of Monday, August 21, 2017, the continental United States will experience a partial solar eclipse. A partial solar eclipse is when the moon transverses in between the Earth and the Sun. This is an incredible scientific event and is certainly a teachable moment. But it can also be a dangerous event. Looking directly at the sun can be dangerous to the eyes, especially, if proper precautions are not taken.

In our area, the partial solar eclipse will begin at 1:23 p.m., will be at its maximum at 2:54 p.m., and will last until 4:17 p.m. 

To minimize the likelihood that students will look directly at the sun and risk damaging their eyes:

  • ALL outdoor activities between the hours of 1:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (physical education classes, recess, athletic practice, band practice, aftercare program, etc.) at ALL schools, will be moved indoors. Outdoor activities can resume after 4:30 p.m.
  • We will follow our regular bell schedule during the school day and we will dismiss students at the regular times.

This event provides us with an incredible teaching and learning opportunity. Our District science department has delivered lessons to teachers about the science involved and how the Eclipse affects our planet and our environment. Our teachers will be encouraged to post their experiments and activities on SDIRC social media to compete for a chance to win tickets to the planetarium at Indian River State College. On the day of the Eclipse, we will watch the event in the safety of our classrooms with a live-stream broadcast courtesy of NASA. Educational links and websites can be found on our website at www.indianriverschools.org

If you choose to keep your child out of school to view the Eclipse under your supervision, that will be considered an excused absence.