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A total solar eclipse will occur on April 8, 2024.  While Orange County is not in the path of totality, we will see a partial solar eclipse with about 87% of the view of the sun covered by the moon.  The next total solar eclipse will not be visible in the continental USA until 2044, so we would like for all of our students to have the opportunity to experience this eclipse.  OCPS purchased eclipse glasses for all students and instructional staff that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard and were purchased from an American Astronomical Society-vetted supplier.  

All OCPS outdoor practices and/or workouts are cancelled for Monday, April 8, 2024.  Games and/or official contests may begin at 5:00 PM.

Eclipse Facts:

  • When: Monday, April 8, 2024
  • Begin: Around 2:02 pm
  • Maximum: 3:18 pm
  • End: 4:31 pm
  • Coverage in Orange at Maximum: 86.60%
  • Next Total Solar Eclipse Visible from the Contiguous USA: August 23, 2044
     

Please review the following safety information with your child.  Teachers will also discuss eclipse safety on Monday, April 8.  

Important Eclipse Safety Information:

  • NEVER look at the sun directly without proper safety equipment.
  • Inspect your eclipse glasses before use.  Do not use the glasses if they look torn, scratched, or otherwise damaged.
  • Only use glasses when stationary.  Do not walk around while using them.  
  • If using eclipse glasses on the school bus, take them off to exit the school bus and cross the road; do not use them until you are in a safe place to stop and view the sun again.  
  • Parents are encouraged to meet their students at the bus stop.
  • Do not use eclipse glasses while driving.
  • Orange County is NOT in the path of totality; therefore, at no point is it safe to remove your glasses and look directly at the eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse Safety

NASA's official website for eye safety during a solar eclipse

How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely

The American Astronomical Society page for viewing a solar eclipse safely

Indirect Solar Viewing

Directions from the American Astronomical Society on how to view the eclipse without solar eclipse glasses

Did you know that April is Citizen Scientist Month?  The eclipse is a chance to become citizen scientists by collecting data for NASA and other science organizations!  Here are some ways to participate: