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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: