Ascension Parish School Board


Important Information About the Solar Eclipse for Students

Aug. 16, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On August 21, 2017, North America will experience an eclipse of the sun. This eclipse will be the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse with be visible across the entire continental United States. The eclipse will occur in our area beginning at 11:54 am, with a maximum viewing at 1:26 pm, and ending at 2:54 pm. For our area, only a partial eclipse will be visible.
Safety during the eclipse will be a priority. Looking at the sun directly is unsafe at any time. If a teacher is planning an activity involving the viewing of the eclipse, a parental permission slip was sent home this week. Please know, steps to provide special glasses or utilizing alternate viewing instruments have been made for students participating in teacher led activities outside. Only students who have turned in a parental permission slip will be allowed to participate.
Students not participating will be kept indoors during maximum viewing but may be given the opportunity to view the eclipse on screen via NASA’s live streaming.
More information about the 2017 solar eclipse can be found on NASA’s website at Please talk to your children and help us balance this special educational opportunity with important student safety.


David Alexander
Ascension Public Schools

Graphic showing phases of 80% eclipse and message included above