Solar Eclipse Information

Solar Eclipse Information

Aug 12th, 17

Eclipse 2017 Parent Information

The 2017 Eclipse Across America will happen on Monday, August 21st and St. Leo School is ready! We are very excited about sharing this phenomenal science experience with the students. The teachers and students will have the opportunity to experience an extremely rare and awe-inspiring event – a total solar eclipse. We will be using this "teachable moment” to increase the science literacy of our students. We will be utilizing a variety of resources curated by NSTA and NASA to provide an unforgettable learning experience for our students K-12.


Versailles is in the path of the eclipse. We will experience a 95% total solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin at about 1:00 PM and conclude at about 4:00 PM. Providing that the weather cooperates, the skies will gradually begin to darken as the moon moves into the path of the sun. Over time the sky will become increasingly dark and peak at approximately 2:30 PM. Then the skies will gradually become filled with more light, as the moon moves out of the path of the sun.


VIEWING: St. Leo School will provide students opportunities to participate in the eclipse phenomena. Participation will vary from going outdoors to view the eclipse with official eclipse glasses or student engineered solar eclipse viewers (pinhole cameras) to watching the live NASA eclipse broadcast. We have purchased eclipse-safe viewing glasses for students, faculty and staff. Safety is always a top priority. We will take all precautionary measures to make sure this experience is both safe and enjoyable. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. In accordance with Diocesan guidelines, students in grades 2 – 8 will be permitted to go outside to view the eclipse with the approved glasses. Students in grades preschool – 1 will be able to watch the eclipse via the NASA broadcast. As a St. Leo family, you are also welcomed to join us in our eclipse viewing assembly. Teachers will be taking their students outside between 2:00 and 2:30. Check with your student’s teacher for times. When you complete your child’s registration, you will find a permission form to view the Solar Eclipse. Any student who does not have specific permission to view the eclipse will be provided with an alternative viewing plan (virtual/indoors).


ABSENCES: As the first educators of your children, you are authorized to keep your child home or to sign your child out of school through the office prior to the event in order to experience the eclipse as a family in another venue. Absences on Monday, August 21, 2017 will all be excusedabsences. Additionally, parents will be permitted to sign their children out of school early on the day of the eclipse, but you must do so no later than 1:30 pm so that teachers can have adequate time to transition to the eclipse activities.



To ensure a safe dismissal, the dismissal time will be delayed until 3:15 pm and there will be no bus transportation in the afternoon. To ensure safety, we ask that all parents pick up their students from the classroom and walk them to their car. Extended Day Care (EDC) will take place as -normal but the children will not go outside until after 4:00 pm.


Thank you for your cooperation and if you have any questions please feel free to call Dr. DiBiasie at 859-873-4591.


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