Greenwood School District 50 will begin the 2017-2018 school year by witnessing a phenomenal event. On August 21, 2017, Greenwood and parts of the surrounding counties will experience a total solar eclipse. This will serve as the first total solar eclipse for our area since the early 1900’s and will not happen again until 2078.
While the rest of the Eastern United States will only see a partial eclipse, Greenwood falls in “The Path of Totality” for the solar eclipse. At 2:39 P.M., Greenwood will be engulfed in a dark shadow for around two minutes, giving observers the best opportunity to view this lifetime event.
“Our district has been actively working over the last several months to prepare for this historic event,” Superintendent Darrell Johnson stated. “Our schools have developed plans to ensure that each student who comes to school on August 21st will receive a rich learning experience.”
District 50 will extend the school day by 20 minutes in order for students and staff to experience this once-in-a-lifetime experience in a safe and educational setting. The district has been proactive in providing teachers, parents, and the community with numerous online resources for the eclipse. District 50 will have eclipse glasses available to students and staff thanks to a grant with Velux.
“We are looking forward to providing an excellent learning opportunity at our schools on August 21st,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Shirley Boyce. “This is truly a teachable moment for our students and staff and will provide them with memories that will last a lifetime.”