Solar Eclipse – A Remarkable Opportunity

On August 21, 2017, Jackson County Schools will be just outside the path of “The Great American Solar Eclipse,” the first total eclipse since 1918 to be visible on a path across the entire continental U.S.

The sun will be about 99 percent obscured in the Jefferson area at approximately 2:37 p.m.

Planning is already underway to ensure our students can experience this great learning opportunity, and a letter explaining the event and asking for parental permission for participation was sent home with students Friday, August 11.

Click here to download a copy of the letter.

Safety is always a top priority for JCSS. We will take all precautionary measures with both students and staff to make this experience both safe and enjoyable. Jackson County Schools purchased eclipse-safe viewing glasses for all students and staff. For information regarding the safety certification of the special viewing glasses JCSS ordered, please visit

Because of these safety concerns, a parent signature on the sheet sent home is requested by Friday, August 18, in order for students to participate using the eclipse glasses.

Students whose parents either do not complete this form or choose to opt out of viewing the eclipse with safety glasses will view televised coverage and complete alternative activities from inside the school building during the eclipse.

Since the eclipse event occurs at the end of the school day and in order to ensure a safe dismissal, the expected dismissal time for elementary schools will be delayed until 3:15 p.m., followed by middle and high school dismissal at the normal time (high school – 3:15 and middle school at 3:35).

Additionally, parents will be permitted to sign their children out of school early on August 21, but they must do so no later than 1:30 p.m. so that schools can have adequate time to transition to the eclipse activities.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to chaperone the eclipse viewing is asked to contact the school they are interested in helping. Volunteer support is encouraged and greatly appreciated for this event.

Learn more about this event — courtesy of NASA — here: