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DCSS planning eclipse activities

If you have elementary school students in the Dougherty County School System, they'll be ready for a little extra education. / DCSS

If you have elementary school students in the Dougherty County School System, they'll be ready for a little extra education.

On August 21, 2017, our region will experience a partial solar eclipse. As you know, a solar eclipse happens when the moon travels between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow along its path. This particular eclipse will cross the entire continental United States by the end of the day.

In Dougherty County, students will be able to see 90% coverage of the sun beginning around 1:30 p.m. and ending around 3:30 p.m. with the peak occurring at 2:30 p.m.

Viewing a solar eclipse with the naked eye can cause permanent eye damage.

The system is purchasing solar viewing glasses for students to see the eclipse.

As a way to help keep students safe and use the eclipse as a teaching moment, elementary students will have their day extended an extra hour to 3:30 p.m.

Parents who do not want their children participating in outdoor activities associated with the eclipse must fill out the Eclipse Out form and return it to your school.


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