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County schools plan a 'phenomenal' extended day for upcoming solar eclipse

County schools plan a 'phenomenal' extended day for upcoming solar eclipse”

Other school districts, including most in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, have acquired eclipse glasses for all students and are planning eclipse viewings and lessons for August 21.

The school system announced on Facebook Friday that students will be released from school one hour later than normal August 21.

Not only is the eclipse a rare event to witness, but it also falls on the first day of school for many area public schools, including KISD. And in Kentucky, a biology teacher at a private high school is offering 23 students a chance at a field trip to view the eclipse on the "path of totality", but first they'll have to turn in an application convincing him that they deserve to go.

While Thomas County will not see a total eclipse, expectations are that the moon will cover approximately 90 percent of the sun for a brief period, enough to create a dramatic effect and illustrate the phenomena of an eclipse.

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"This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us that we will not soon forget", said Dr. Scott Sweeting, math and science instructional coordinator for Thomas County Schools. "I have never been more proud to be a Yellow Jacket".

The school system has acquired special glasses which are safe for solar viewing to allow students to view the eclipse. Now it will send the eclipse-viewing glasses it ordered for all students home on Friday, Aug. 18.

It's also likely that not all students will show up to school. Some families may want to watch the event with their children.

Rather than no school, students could be there learning about the solar system, Galileo and Copernicus, and the mechanisms behind an eclipse.



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