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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 14, 2017
CONTACT:  Daisy Gonzalez-Diego
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
305-995-2060

Excitement of M-DCPS’ First Day of School Coincides with Great American Solar Eclipse School principals to prioritize student and employee safety!

As Miami-Dade County Public Schools kicks-off a brand new school year on Monday, August 21, 2017, the Great American Solar Eclipse will be traversing North America; and it will be visible in Miami-Dade.


A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun in a path that positions the moon right in front of the sun. The moon, sun, and Earth are directly aligned. Looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can cause severe damage to the eyes.  To strike a balance between ensuring student safety and leveraging this once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunity, the District will be taking the following measures:


Dismissal times have not changed.

Principals and educators may incorporate appropriate STEAM-related curriculum in schools.

Most outdoor classes/activities between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., including physical education, recess, after-care programs, athletic/band practices, outdoor games, field trips and extra-curricular activities will be moved indoors. Some safe outdoor educational activities may take place.  

The safest way to experience the solar eclipse is online at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream. We are encouraging schools to provide online viewing opportunities for students. 

We are asking parents to speak with their children about the dangers of looking at the sun, especially if they walk home from school. 

We urge parents to use extreme caution when driving during dismissal times as extra traffic congestion is expected.


A solar eclipse can cause unusual changes to your surroundings, and can last for several hours. The solar eclipse is projected to take place between 1:26 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. EDT in Miami-Dade County.


For additional information and safety resources, please visit www.dadeschools.net.


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