Click on the image above to view the video, America's Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017
The 2017 Eclipse Across America will happen on Monday, August 21st and Greene County Schools are ready. Greene County teachers and students will have an opportunity to experience the solar eclipse and Greene will be using this "teachable moment" to utilize a variety of resources created by NASA to provide an unforgettable learning experience for our students K-12.
Information for Parents:
Greene County is in the path of the eclipse and will experience about 85% obscuration or darkening of the sun. The eclipse will begin after lunch around 1:15 pm and will last until approximately 4:00 pm. During this time, maximum viewing will take place around 2:40 during which time the sun will be about 85% covered.
Greene County Schools will provide students opportunities to participate in the eclipse phenomena. Participation will vary from going outdoors to view the eclipse with official eclipse glasses to live streaming the totality of the solar eclipse within classrooms. In addition, the county has provided resources to all teachers within grades K-12 to make learning about the eclipse meaningful and relevant. Parents will have the option to sign and return an Opt-Out Form for their student. This form will come home with your child on Tuesday, August 15th and needs to be returned to the school by Friday, August, 18th.
Student and employee safety are of the utmost importance to Greene County Schools. It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse, you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternate indirect method. Download NASA's Safety information here.
NASA has compiled an impressive collection of informational resources on the eclipse. We recommend accessing this site for eclipse questions you may have regarding safety, timing, resources and more. To learn more about the 2017 Eclipse Across America please visit NASA.GOV