• Solar Eclipse

    March 13, 2024

    Dear MCAS Families,

    Just as we return from Spring Break, on Monday, April 8, we will be part of a remarkable event: We will be in the path of a solar eclipse. The Michigan City area will experience 96% totality at 2:08 pm, with the partial eclipse phase starting at 12:52 pm and lasting until 3:23 pm. 

    While this is an amazing educational opportunity, there are also potential risks. Viewing of the eclipse without proper eye protection can cause permanent damage to vision; regular sunglasses do NOT provide adequate protection.

    All schools will take the following precautions on Monday, April 8.

    • Students and staff will not go outdoors from 12:45 p.m. to the end of the school day, unless it is part of a pre-planned, supervised activity with protective eyewear and parental notification. (If your child’s class is participating in an activity, you will receive further information.)

    • Window shades/blinds will be closed or set to three-quarters closed in classrooms where the sun might be visible.

    • Because the final stages of the eclipse will occur during and after dismissal, we will remind all students and staff in an end-of-day announcement about the potential eye damage that could result from looking at the sun, even with sunglasses.

    • Middle and High School students will be dismissed 15 minutes late (at 2:30pm) due to the eclipse. In some cases, elementary buses may be delayed (specifically, Coolspring and Springfield routes) due to the late dismissal at secondary.

    • Any after-school practices or activities will take place inside until after 3:30pm.

    For more information – including a number of educational resources and activities – please visit the following link: 

    www.in.gov/dhs/solar-eclipse-2024/

    Thank you for your support, and enjoy this unique experience! 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Wendel McCollum
    Associate Superintendent