The countdown is on for Aug. 21
, when a total solar eclipse will arc across the continental United States for the first time in decades, with Jefferson City being one of few cities in the path of totality. Here are a few important reminders we want to share with our JCPS families:
- Phases and times of this eclipse: Starts @ 11:46 a.m.; Max @ 1:14 p.m.; End @ 2:41 p.m.
- You may be aware that NASA is reporting the distribution of unsafe viewing glasses. Rest assured, the glasses JCPS purchased for all students and staff meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard (EclipseGlasses-CertifiedSafe.jpg).As this will only be the 3rd day of the new school year, bus routes will still be slow going and, most especially, on the day of the eclipse. We appreciate your patience, as we expect and anticipate traffic and transportation delays at dismissal.
- Here's the link to the Eclipse Opt OUT form. By completing this form (and turning it into your child's school office by Fri., Aug. 18), you are stating that you DO NOT want your child to participate in classroom instructional eclipse activities.
- Half-day programs at Southwest Early Childhood Center have been cancelled on Aug. 21. The transition from morning to afternoon sessions occurs during peak eclipse time, which creates cause for concern regarding transportation and safety for our littlest students.
- Parents of elementary students in grades K-5 who want to volunteer on this day, be sure to sign up during your child's Open House event next week. We'll need your help to ensure we provide fun, safe viewing activities!