A total solar eclipse will occur next Monday, August 21st, in some parts of the country; Pasco County will see between a 60 percent and 80 percent solar eclipse.
At this time, all Pasco County Schools will operate on their regular schedules. Some of our Schools dismiss at 2:50 p.m., the time when looking directly at the eclipse can cause the most damage to the eyes. It is important to remind students not to look directly at the sun without approved solar viewers!
No Pasco County elementary schools will have lessons outdoors, but some secondary school activities will be outdoors. If a viewing activity is organized by a teacher as part of a science lesson, parents must complete a signed parent permission form for each participating student and return it to their teacher by Monday morning, August 21st. Teachers have the forms.
Parents who do not want their children to be a part of any outdoor eclipse plan must let their school know in advance.
ALL ACTIVITIES, OTHER THAN TEACHER-SUPERVISED VIEWING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING P.E., RECESS, AND ATHLETIC PRACTICES, WILL BE HELD INDOORS FROM 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
For more information, go to the Pasco Schools Facebook page, THE @pascoschools Twitter site, or www.pascoschools.org. Thank you.