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FAQ Solar Eclipse Viewing on August 21, 2017

posted Aug 14, 2017, 3:05 PM by Beth Allen


Has the school division purchased eclipse glasses to wear during the event?  

Yes, BCPS has purchased paper eclipse glasses that meet ISO & CE guidelines for our students and staff to safely observe the event.  Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures including pre-education to make students aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun. 

What safety precautions should be taken to view the eclipse?  
At no time should students or participants remove their eclipse glasses and look 
directly at the sun as it could cause permanent eye damage or other unknown effects. There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not remove their eclipse glasses, so please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse glasses on when viewing the eclipse.

Here are safety tips to remember, according to the American Astronomical Society:

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if it's scratched, punctured, torn or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter; do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer; the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars or any other optical device; note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens or other optics.
  • If you are inside the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun's bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality and then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.  Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.


Where can I find more information about the eclipse?  

Information regarding the eclipse can be located on the American Astronomical Society website at https://eclipse.aas.org/ or the NASA website at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.


What if I need to pick my child up during the eclipse?  

The office will still be operational.  Procedures for checking out your child will not change.  Office staff will be available to assist you.


What if I don't want my child to participate in this activity?  
If you do not want your child to participate in this activity, please notify your child's school in writing by Friday, August 18, 2017.  You may sign the waiver OR send written notification.  Students who do not view the live event will view the event via the NASA website inside the building. 


Botetourt Back to School Supply Drive

posted Aug 10, 2017, 3:49 AM by bcps web   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 3:50 AM ]

This Saturday, August 12, from 11a - 2p, a Botetourt County Bus will be parked outside of Bonsack Baptist Church.  Stop by to help fill the bus with school supplies that will help local families in need.  See attached flier for more information!  Hope to see everyone there!


Botetourt County Public Schools Extending Day on August 21st to Observe Solar Eclipse

posted Aug 7, 2017, 6:00 AM by bcps web


BCPS will dismiss all elementary schools at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017. Middle Schools will dismiss at approximately 3:55 p.m. and high schools will dismiss at approximately 4:10 p.m. The morning arrival times will not be impacted by the extended school day.

On August 21st our region of the United States will be experiencing a near total eclipse of the sun, and it will take place from approximately 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. At approximately 2:40 p.m. the moon will almost completely eclipse the sun. This phenomenon occurs in our area of the USA about every 1,000 years. The next total eclipse in 2024 will be observable from Canada and Mexico.

BCPS has purchased paper eclipse glasses (meets ISO & CE guidelines) for our students and staff to safely observe the event. We are asking our schools to include discussions and lessons about the eclipse as well as the proper safety procedures to prepare for this “amazing instructional opportunity.”

For more information about the eclipse follow the links:

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/roanoke

https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide

Back to School - Secondary

posted Jul 23, 2017, 10:06 AM by bcps web   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 10:06 AM ]

See attached document for information regarding important back to school dates for your child's schools.  

Back to School - Elementary

posted Jul 23, 2017, 10:04 AM by bcps web   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 10:05 AM ]

See attached document for information regarding important back to school dates for your child's schools.  

Parent Workshop Series- Focus on Prevention

posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:59 AM by bcps web

Botetourt County Public Schools will be hosting a Parent Workshop on April 27, 2017 at Greenfield Education Center Forum from 6:30-7:30. The theme of the workshop is "Focus on Prevention" and is sponsored by our school counselors. 

April 17th

posted Mar 17, 2017, 9:16 AM by bcps web   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

Botetourt County Schools will use accumulated instructional time to address the school day missed on March 14, 2017.

This will avoid using April 17th as a make-up day (noted on the school division calendar) but at the same time maintain the SOQ minimum instructional hours/days required by the Department of Education.

Preschool Fair

posted Mar 16, 2017, 9:03 AM by bcps web   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 9:06 AM ]

Where: Lord Botetourt High School   When:  Saturday, April 1st   Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Report Card Distribution- Date change

posted Mar 15, 2017, 11:52 AM by bcps web   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

Due to the recent inclement weather resulting in school closing and a delay, the date of report card distribution has changed from March 16th to March 17th. 

Thanks and have a great evening.

RMMS Goes Virtual!

posted Feb 17, 2017, 10:57 AM by bcps web   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 10:57 AM ]

Botetourt County Schools  would like to extend a huge thank you to Bonsack Chick-fil-a for the VR headsets!  Read Mountain Middle School is just beginning to explore virtual reality in our classrooms and these headsets will give multiple classrooms a chance to use VR at the same time.
RMMS Virtual Reality

RMMS Virtual Reality

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