The Kentucky Department of Education provided guidance/options for school districts on closure/learning events for Solar Eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017 for Kentucky Schools. The McCreary County School District will participate in a Nontraditional Instructional Day (NTI) on Monday, August 21, 2017. Each school will have NTI Day 1 material available during first few days of school. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, and the moon entirely blocks the sun. It will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. Each school will prepare assignments to be given out concentrating on the eclipse; these assignments must be returned to schools three (3) days after the eclipse to receive NTI credit. I have included links for more information: http://www.kentuckytourism.com/eclipse/, http://kyem.ky.gov/Eclipse/Pages/default.aspx and https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
The only recommended way to safely view the eclipse from NASA and other organizations is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun. To date four manufacturers have certified that their eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products: Rainbow Symphony, American Paper Optics, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.
Michael M. Cash
Superintendent, McCreary County School District