JPPSS Students to Experience Monday’s Solar Eclipse

Click the photo for an article in The New Orleans Advocate about how one JPPSS teacher is preparing for the eclipse.

For the first time since all of our students and many of our teachers were born, the United States will experience a total eclipse of the sun. On Monday, August 21 the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, totally or partially obscuring the view of the sun for the entire nation.

The Jefferson Parish Public School System wants all students to safely experience this real world learning event.  Many schools in JPPSS are planning viewing activities with their students. Our Academics Department has communicated with principals and science department heads regarding the safety precautions that must be followed. Our schools have also received solar eclipse viewing permission forms for students whose classes/schools are directly viewing the event with NASA approved eye wear.

Since looking directly into the eclipse without proper glasses can cause irreparable damage to the eyes, schools/teachers/students unable to acquire NASA approved viewing glasses are being encouraged to stream the event live in their classrooms using this link to the NASA Eclipse 2017 Live – Streaming Video of August 21 Solar Eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible in Jefferson Parish from around 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. While some portions of the nation will experience 100% blockage of the sun, the view here will be around 80% blockage. Peak time is estimated to be around 1:15 p.m. The last total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. was in 1979. The next one will occur in 2024.

Visit NASA’s special Eclipse 2017 website to learn all about this historic event.