Campbellsville Independent Schools’ students will observe Kentucky’s darkest day on Monday, Aug. 21.
A solar eclipse will put the area in the dark that afternoon, and all CIS students will be given the opportunity to view the historic event.
Teachers and staff members have discussed solar eclipses in the classrooms, including how to view the event safely.
This year’s total eclipse will be the first seen in Kentucky since 1869, and all parts of the Commonwealth will see at least 90 percent of the sun obscured by the moon.
NASA-approved safety glasses have been purchased for all students, teachers, administrators and staff members, and will be given to them at no cost.
All students were given permission slips to take home to their parents. When signed, students will be allowed to participate in the solar eclipse viewing.
Student who don’t bring signed permission slips to school will not be allowed to participate. Students can also choose not to participate. Those students will, however, also receive a free pair of viewing glasses to take home and be able to view the eclipse via live streaming at their school.
Principals at Campbellsville elementary, middle and high schools have plans in place to allow their students to safely view the eclipse.
At CES, students will watch news reports about the eclipse in their classrooms, and will be taken to the cafeteria to view it firsthand.
Students will walk around the cafeteria by class, and staff members will be on hand to make sure all wear their safety glasses.
Kindergarten students, however, will remain in their classrooms and view the eclipse through the school’s windows.
Preschool classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 21, and be dismissed at 1 p.m. that day instead of 2 p.m., to ensure all students are transported home safely and before the eclipse reaches its peak.
All preschool students will be given safety glasses, and staff members on the school buses will instruct students to wear them.
At CMS, students will meet in the multi-purpose room, and then taken outside on the Campbellsville High School football field to view the eclipse.
CMS science teachers will discuss the eclipse with their students in their class groups.
Staff members will be on hand to ensure all students wear their safety glasses.
At CHS, students will be called to the gymnasium to view the eclipse.
Class by class, students will be called outside to view the eclipse, alongside staff members.
All precautions will be taken to ensure students view this historic moment safely.
Extra personnel will be added on each bus to ensure students get home safely at the end of the day.
For more information, call the Campbellsville Board of Education office at (270) 465-4162.