The eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. The Monroe County Community School Corporation recognizes the importance of the solar eclipse experience. It is the highest priority of the district to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Every precaution has been taken to provide valuable learning experiences for our students before, during, and after this historical event.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
“A Total eclipse of the sun occurs when the moon gets between the sun and the Earth and covers up the sun.” National Science Teachers Association, 2017
Elementary students (Grades PK-6) will view the eclipse through Live Stream. They will be able to safely view images before, during, and after the eclipse at one of the following sites:
Secondary students (Grades 7-12) will be able to view the eclipse via Live Stream. Participating science teachers will supervise live viewing pending written parental permission. Students who receive parental permission will be provided explicit instruction on safely viewing the eclipse with special glasses. To date, five manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.
Teachers have been given resources including lesson plans and instructional strategies to teach students of all ages about the eclipse. The approved lessons are aligned to the Indiana Academic Learning Standards. The identified strategies are based off of the National Science Teachers Association and the NASA Eclipse website. These resources can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov and https://learningcenter.nsta.org
Looking directly at the eclipse can create serious eye damage or blindness. Please have a conversation with your child regarding the dangers of looking directly at the eclipse as we dismiss students at the end of the day on August 21st.
Bloomington will experience the eclipse between 12:57 p.m. - 3:49 p.m. with optimal viewing at 2:25 p.m. According to https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/bloomington-in and also times on Interactive map... https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html
All Elementary schools will dismiss at the conclusion of the eclipse. All Secondary schools will dismiss at the normal time of 2:55 p.m.
Normal School Activities
All schools will participate in normal school activities in the morning. However, no outdoor activities (e.g., recess, outdoor athletic practices/competitions, etc.) will occur between the hours of 12:57 p.m. - 3:49 p.m. due to the solar eclipse time period.
All staff should be advised of the safety risks and precautions that must be taken during the solar eclipse.
http://static.nsta.org/extras/solarscience/SolarScienceInsert.pdf - Booklet prepared by the National Science Teachers Association. This PDF has subsections describing what a total solar eclipse is, how long it will last, where and when the eclipse can be seen, the best location for seeing the total eclipse, and safely viewing the eclipse. The booklet also gives recommendations for those who are seeing their first eclipse and what to expect during the eclipse.
https://indiana.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ess05.sci.ess.eiu.eclipse/solar-eclipses/#.WYk0oCMrKfR- This site connects you to a short video (2 minutes) to view what occurs during a solar eclipse.
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety - This link provides safety information regarding safe viewing of the eclipse.
https://www.nasa.gov/content/eye-safety-during-a-total-solar-eclipse - This link provides still pictures
showing what you will see during the eclipse and how you can safely view the eclipse.
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/k-12-formal-education - This is a great website with examples of hands on activities and simulations that you can do with your students. The website breaks the hands on simulations down into elementary, middle, and high school. Some of the activities provide literature in addition to the suggested activities.
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety - This site provides more safety information for viewing the eclipse with safe eclipse glasses.