The 2017 Eclipse!
Moberly Public Schools are excited about unique learning opportunities at hand, being in the path of totality for the 2017 total solar eclipse on August 21. The partial phase of the eclipse is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:45am and continue until approximately 2:39pm with the maximum eclipse (“totality”) lasting for approximately one minute at 1:13pm in our area.
Safety will be key during this event. Each building has purchased eclipse glasses for students and is preparing grade level appropriate lessons and engaging activities that will allow students to experience and learn about this magnificent event. For more information about the activities planned for your child’s school, please contact that building directly.
Safety is our first priority as we continue planning for our eclipse activities. Because of the safety concern, a permission slip and waiver is required by August 21 in order for students to participate using the eclipse glasses. Students in grade 2-12 will be outside participating in activities during the total eclipse. Due to safety concerns for our younger students, kindergarten and 1st grade students will be outside participating in activities only during the partial eclipse. They will participate in small groups with additional adults supervising them. There will also be alternative activities inside the building for students whose parents either do not complete the form or choose to opt out of the outside viewing. Parents can download the Solar Eclipse Viewing Permission Form below by clicking on the link.
This is the first time since 1979 that a total solar eclipse has been viewed on the mainland United States and the first time since 1818 that one has swept across the entire country from coast to coast. After the August 2017 eclipse, the next solar eclipse that can be seen in the continental United States will be on October 14, 2023. For more information about the eclipse visit the NASA website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
The District Administration recognizes that this is a wonderful opportunity and are eager to engage students in an effort to spark their curiosity about space and the world around them.
Solar Eclipse Viewing Permission Form