Pattonville preps for once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse
Pattonville preps for once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Schools in the Pattonville School District will be in the path of a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, and the district is preparing to enable students to experience the once-in-a-lifetime event in a safe and educational manner.

The August event is being called "The Great American Solar Eclipse" because the eclipse will be on a visible path across the entire continental United States for the first time since 1918. While the St. Louis region has been in the path of a partial eclipse before, the area has not experienced a total eclipse since 1442, and the next total solar eclipse will occur in St. Louis in 2505.

Pattonville students will learn about the solar eclipse leading up to Aug. 21 and watch a video on eye safety.

"Safety is always a top priority for Pattonville," said Dr. Tim Pecoraro, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. "We will take all precautionary measures with both students and staff to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience safe, enjoyable and educational."

Students and staff who view the eclipse will have special viewing glasses provided by Pattonville. This will allow individuals to view the solar eclipse safely. When re-enrolling their children this year, parents will be asked to check "yes" or "no" to a statement in the online Parent Portal about allowing their children to view the solar eclipse using the special viewing glasses.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely covering the sun and casting a shadow on the Earth. According to St. Louis County, the partial phase of the eclipse in the St. Louis region will begin at 11:52 a.m., with the total eclipse lasting from approximately 1:16 to 1:19 p.m. The remaining partial phase will end at 2:44 p.m.

Find out more.

NASA website on the solar eclipse

NASA eclipse fact sheet and downloadables

St. Louis County Government eclipse website