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Dalton Public Schools to Experience Partial Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

DALTON, GA - Dalton Public Schools (DPS) would like to inform members of the DPS community of an exciting astronomical event that our school community will have the opportunity to experience together on Monday, April 8, 2024. A solar eclipse will pass over North America, a rare phenomenon providing a learning opportunity for our students.

During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely blocks the sun, causing the sky to become dark during the daytime. In the Dalton Public Schools area, we will not be in the path of the total solar eclipse, but we will experience a partial solar eclipse between 1:45 PM and 4:20 PM with a peak at 3:05 PM.

Monday, April 8th is our first day back from spring break and will be a normal school day for our district.

With safety as a top priority and with the partial solar eclipse occurring during dismissal, DPS elementary and Hammond Creek Middle School students and staff will be provided with solar eclipse glasses with the ISO filter recommended by NASA. These glasses have been safety certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and labeled ISO 12312-2 compliant.

These students will participate in literacy-based eclipse activities and will go outside to view the eclipse with our safety-certified glasses. If you do not want your child to participate in the outside solar eclipse viewing activities, an opt-out form was shared with your students. Please return it, and your child can participate in an alternative instructional activity.

Student dismissal and our After School Program will occur during the eclipse. All students outside or riding a bus will be advised to wear the safety glasses provided.

Please note that all extra-curricular and athletic events will continue as scheduled with safety precautions in mind.

We are excited to provide this unique learning opportunity for our students and look forward to experiencing this remarkable celestial event together.