On Monday, August 21, 2017, St. Louis will experience the totality of the moon obscuring the sun, otherwise referred to as a total solar eclipse. During that time, darkness will fall, temperatures may drop 10-15 degrees, breezes may vanish, insects will come out, and stars and planets will be visible.
Affton School District does plan to be in school that day, and we will provide special eclipse glasses to all students and staff to ensure proper eye protection when viewing the event. Students will learn the appropriate guidelines for experiencing the eclipse, and teachers will provide a variety of activities for students to better understand the eclipse event.
This will be the first total solar eclipse to touch the United States since 1991 when one occurred in Hawaii and the first coast-to-coast across the southern U.S. since 1918. The last time a total solar eclipse occurred in the greater St. Louis area was 1442. St. Louisans can expect the next one in 2505.
Totality will last anywhere from a few seconds to over two minutes, depending upon a viewer’s specific location. In Affton, it is expected to last approximately one-and-a-half minutes.
For questions about the Affton School District Eclipse Day, please contact your child’s school. Additionally, more information that has been collected can be accessed by clicking here, intended to better equip and prepare our staff, students, and families for Eclipse Day 2017.