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A 100-Year Sight: Greeneville City Schools Will Delay Dismissal to View Solar Eclipse
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
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The moon will block the sun for the coast-to-coast total solar eclipse since 1918 on August 21, 2017. Millions of Americans in 12 states will be able to watch this solar spectacle that will turn day into night for a couple of minutes.  Tennessee is among the 12 states that will be best located to experience this rare phenomenon.

Greeneville City Schools’ officials and teachers are planning now for their students to participate in this 100-year solar eclipse. Since the peak time to experience the solar eclipse falls during regularly scheduled afternoon transportation times, Greeneville City Schools will delay dismissal by 30 minutes.

Schools will follow normally scheduled start times.

Solar eclipses are very powerful and can damage a person’s eyes if special solar filters are not used. The delayed dismissal will help prevent students on school buses from inadvertently hurting their eyes during the eclipse.

Curriculum and lectures concerning the scientific relevance of the occurrence have been prepared and the students will be asked to participate in a safe viewing experience of the event.  Greeneville City Schools has purchased solar sunglasses that meet NASA’s recommendations to allow students to participate safely.  Additionally, the curriculum has been designed to include instructions on methods of safe viewing of an eclipse complete with warnings regarding attempts to watch this event without protecting one’s eyes. The Greeneville City School System will exercise care and careful supervision for all students who participate in this event. 

Parents and/or guardians can check out their children earlier than the delayed dismissal if they choose. Greeneville City officials ask parents and/or guardians to pick up their child(ren) by 1:30 p.m. if planning to experience this event at home.

The centerline path of totality – when the moon completely blocks the sun, the earth goes dark and the sun’s corona shimmers in the blackened sky – will stretch from Salem, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. local time to Charleston, South Carolina, about an hour and a half later and will last up to 2 minutes and 41.6 seconds.

“This is the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States from coast to coast in nearly a century,” said Dr. Jeff Moorhouse, Director of Schools. “This is an once-in-a-lifetime limitless learning experience for our students.”

Dismissal Times for August 21, 2017

  • 3:10 p.m.Greeneville High School, Greeneville Middle School
  • 3:45 p.m.EastView, Highland, Hal Henard, and Tusculum View Elementary