Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse
Posted on 08/08/2017

About the Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, students and staff throughout the Excelsior Springs School District will experience an incredible sight. The district is fortunate enough to be in the path of totality for the All American Total Solar Eclipse. On that day, millions of people across the United States will share in the opportunity to see one of nature’s most historic scientific moments.  Students and staff in Excelsior Springs will be provided eclipse glasses to safely view the phenomenon.  The glasses have been purchased by Red Cross Pharmacy for all students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of classroom learning experiences, tied to the Missouri Learning Standards to better understand the eclipse event.

The last time the Kansas City area was near totality was over 200 years ago in 1806.  Due to the amount of land coverage in the United States, this eclipse has the potential to be the most viewed total solar eclipse in the history of the world!

Student Solar Eclipse Participation

If you want your student to participate in the viewing, you must complete a participation waiver form and provide to your teacher. Participation Waiver Form: Click HERE

Rules for Observing the Eclipse

No matter how tempting it might be to glance at the Sun without eye protection, DON’T DO IT. Looking at the Sun at any time can permanently damage your eyes.

DO NOT look at the Sun through sunglasses, exposed film, smoked glass, a telescope or binoculars.

DO NOT look at the Sun at any time, even when the Moon is partially blocking the Sun’s light. There is still danger of damaging your eyes.

YOU CAN view the eclipse of the Sun using a pinhole camera or projector.

YOU CAN view the eclipse of the Sun using the solar eclipse viewers. Keep the viewers on at all times.


Video on Safely Viewing Solar Eclipse

The Great American Eclipse:

Eclipse 2017: