Solar Eclipse Edition
Important Things You Need to Know...
- D-B EXCEL students and staff will be going outside at approximately 1:30pm to begin watching the 2017 Solar Eclipse.
- All students participating will be given solar viewing glasses. Students must wear them the entire time that we are outside.
- We will be outside for an hour and a half. Students are encouraged to bring blankets, beach towels, or lawn chairs to sit on while we are outside.
- DBE bus riders will board the bus at 2:45pm to go to the main campus.
- Car riders will be dismissed at 3:00pm.
- Drivers and walkers will be dismissed after the parking lot is clear of car riders.
- Click here if you would like to sign the form for your student to opt-out of participating in the solar eclipse viewing.
- Click here for more information from Kingsport City Schools regarding the solar eclipse.
About the 2017 Solar Eclipse
On Monday, August 21, 2017 the moon will pass between the earth and the sun for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918. Millions of Americans in 12 states will be able to watch this solar spectacle that will turn day into night for a couple of minutes. Tennessee is among the 12 states that have been declared to be a best place to experience this rare phenomenon. In Kingsport, the peak of the eclipse affect will take place at 2:36 p.m.
Kingsport City Schools will be in session on August 21st and plans are underway for our students to participate in this exciting and historic event. With the support of the KCS Curriculum and Instruction team, schools have been provided resources that support activities aligned to our STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) vision and maximize the opportunity for learning. Students viewing the eclipse will utilize approved glasses provided by KCS. Partnering with Eastman, the district has purchased viewing glasses for students made by Lunt Solar Systems, a manufacturer verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standards and found on the approved Solar Filter Brands list of the American Astronomical Society. Additionally, students will receive instructions on methods of safe viewing of an eclipse complete with warnings regarding attempts to watch this event without protecting one’s eyes.