The first day of school (Monday, August 21) coincides with a solar eclipse that will be visible throughout the country. Salt Lake City will experience about 90 percent of a total eclipse, which allows for a wonderful opportunity to witness a very rare event.
Our school will be taking advantage of this opportunity with eclipse viewing activities by grade level. We will have proper safety eyeglasses for all students.
As always, parents have the option to excuse their child from school if they so desire. This will show on the student’s record as an excused absence.
This year’s school calendar was approved by the board of education in early 2016. All school year calendars are developed by the Calendaring Committee, a group composed of parents, teachers, administrators, PTA and other representatives. Following development, proposed calendar options are sent to parents, employees and students for feedback.
In the case of the 2017-18 calendar, information about the solar eclipse was included in the survey. However, 58 percent of respondents still selected the option to begin school on August 21 and the board approved this option.