The Great American Eclipse

Dear Parents:

Monday's August 21, 2017, solar eclipse has been named The Great American Eclipse because
it will be visible across the continental United States. It is the first visible total eclipse in the
United States during the twenty-first (21st) century; the next total eclipse will occur in seven (7)
years. Mercer County Schools is excited about taking this teachable opportunity and sharing it
with our youngsters. Our teachers have been planning for this event for several months. As a
result, on Monday, we will be operating on a regular schedule.

In southern West Virginia we will experience approximately ninety (90) percent coverage of the
sun by the moon. Therefore, we have considered and teachers have instructed and will continue
to instruct the students on the dangers of looking directly at the sun. Because it will be a little
darker than normal, you may want to pick your child up after he or she arrives at the bus stop.

We also hope that you will reinforce this learning opportunity with your child. If you would like
additional information on the eclipse, you may visit the WVU Planetarium & Observatory
website at the following link ( and/or the time and date
website which illustrates the path of the eclipse

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Deborah S. Akers, Superintendent


Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Mostly Sunny

High: 83 °F