The 2017 Eclipse Across America will happen on Monday, August 21 and Pearland ISD is ready! Pearland students will have the opportunity to experience an extremely rare and awe inspiring event – a total solar eclipse. Pearland will be using this teachable moment to increase the science literacy of our students. We will be using a variety of resources curated by NASA to provide an unforgettable learning experience for our students K – 12. Teachers will receive relevant curriculum documents on August 15 during district staff development.
Information for Parents
Pearland is not in the path of totality for the eclipse; however, we will experience 65 - 70 percent coverage. The eclipse will begin at 11:46 a.m. and last until 2:45 p.m. The best viewing time is at 1:16 p.m. The skies will gradually darken as the moon moves into the path of the sun. Participating will vary from going outdoors to view the eclipse with official glasses to watching the live NASA eclipse broadcast. Teachers will be provided learning experiences for concepts taught in each grade or course.
Download the Opt-Out Letter if you do not wish your child to participate in viewing the solar eclipse. Send this letter or a note on the first day of school (Aug. 21) requesting for them to opt-out. (Opt-out letter Spanish version.)
Pearland schools are committed to ensuring that our students become scientifically literate and develop a deep understanding of natural scientific phenomenon. The Eclipse Across America will provide an opportunity for students experience such phenomenon such as lighting, shadows, weather changes, space science, and more. This is also an excellent opportunity to reinforce for students that making observations of the world around them is a critical part of their educational endeavor.
NASA has curated a strong collection of informational resources on the eclipse. We recommend accessing this site for eclipse questions you may have regarding safety, timing, resources and more. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
Student and employee safety are of the utmost importance to Pearland ISD. It is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured. When watching a partial eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun or use an alternate indirect method. This also applies during a total eclipse up until the time when the sun is completely and totally blocked.