Solar Eclipse Update

Solar Eclipse Update
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On August 21st, 2017, we will experience the first total solar eclipse since 1900, and we won’t experience it again until 2054. The School District of Pickens County is planning to make this day a special event for the students of Pickens County by organizing a safe, and engaging viewing experience. We will be providing solar eclipse viewing glasses to every member of the faculty, staff, and student body in all 25 schools courtesy of Duke Energy. All schools will provide their faculty, staff, and students with the solar eclipse glasses, safety instructions, and an alternative viewing plan (virtual/indoors) for students who do not receive permission to view the solar eclipse outside. The permission form to view the solar eclipse outside will be handled through the SDPC Registration Gateway system. The total eclipse is expected to begin around 2:30 pm in Pickens County, and last approximately 2 ½ minutes. The expected dismissal time for elementary schools will be 3:00 pm, followed by middle and high school dismissal at approximately 3:45 pm.