On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Brentwood School District will be in the path of a solar eclipse. This event is being called “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the first time since 1442 a total solar eclipse has cut across the continental US. St. Louis County is one of the few counties in the region that is in the path of totality.
Planning has been underway to ensure that our students can experience this once-in-a-lifetime historical event. Teachers are preparing for an exciting day of learning for students. We will have an official viewing from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Safety is our number one priority. We will take precautionary measures to make this experience safe and enjoyable. The district has purchased eclipse-safe viewing glasses for all students and staff. All students will watch a video and receive direct instruction from classroom teachers on proper use of the safety glasses. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. Students will only be allowed to use district provided ISO certified safety approved glasses.
Students will be required to sign a Solar Eclipse Viewing Permission Slip prior to August 21, 2017. The permission slips are being distributed from each school building. The permission slip can also be accessed on our district website.
Parents/guardians who do not want their child to participate in the outdoor solar eclipse viewing activities will be included in the indoor opportunity to view the eclipse online or continued activities from the morning events.
Parents/guardians who choose to keep their children home on Monday, August, 21 will need to call the school office and share that information. These absences will be noted as excused in our attendance record.
Parents are welcome to attend and enjoy the solar eclipse viewing with their children. Please contact the school office or a classroom teacher if you are interested.
Learn more from:
Eye Safety during the Total Eclipse
NASA.gov: Who, What, When and Where for the 2017 Solar Eclipse
St. Louis Solar Eclipse 2017: http://www.missourieclipse2017.com/
American Astronomical Association: The path of the Great American Eclipse
Time and Date: https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/st-louis
Solar Eclipse Safety Video