Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017
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Due to the timing of the eclipse on Monday, we will be having an early dismissal for students on the first day of school. I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

With concerns over the potential health risks for students, we are taking this additional safety precaution. The timing of the eclipse runs from 1:00 until 3:55, with the maximum eclipse happening at 2:35. Unfortunately, this timing coincides
with our dismissal, when students would have little supervision as they walk home which could put them at greater risk to temptation to look up at the eclipse and risk damage to their eyes.

As we have many walkers, we felt it was important to give them time to get home before the event occurs.

If a parent would prefer to keep his or her child home from school, please send an excuse with your child on Tuesday and we will excuse the absence.

High School students will be dismissed at 11:00 and elementary students will be dismissed at noon.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility with us during this time.

Dr. Gary Peiffer, Superintendent

For more information  about the eclipse, please note that at approximately 1:10 pm on Monday, August 21 - the first day of school - a Solar Eclipse, will reach the Pittsburgh area.
The eclipse will be at its maximum at or about 2:35 pm.

While the path of the eclipse will not include Pennsylvania, the state will experience a partial eclipse. The map below illustrates the path of the eclipse:

Path of Solar Eclipse

It is important for young and old alike to avoid looking directly at the sun during the solar eclipse. Special solar glasses are necessary to properly view an eclipse and several classrooms of Carnegie Elementary will have the opportunity to view the eclipse with solar glasses.

NASA offers safety tips to follow during the solar eclipse. To read these tips in full, CLICK HERE.

For the safety of the students and families of the Carlynton School District, we encourage you to abide by these safety tips or stay indoors during the eclipse.

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