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Attention Harrisburg School District Administrators, Staff, Students, Parents and Guardians:


As you have probably seen or heard in the news, the United States will experience a rare total eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. Due to precautionary measures related to the solar eclipse, the Harrisburg School District will have an early dismissal for students on Monday, August 21st.  High school students will be dismissed at 11:00 am and elementary and middle school students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. All administrators, faculty/teachers and other staff are required to work their regularly scheduled hours. 



Previously scheduled and approved science activities at SciTech will remain in place. For questions or information, please contact Dr. Sieta Achampong, Principal, Harrisburg High School, SciTech Campus.


The Athletics Department will convene varsity football practice at a later time on Monday, after the eclipse has ended. For questions or information, please contact Coach Calvin Everett, Director, Harrisburg School District Athletics Department.


All administrators, staff and students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, August 22nd at the regularly scheduled time.



When will I be able to see the eclipse?

In Harrisburg, PA, the partial eclipse will begin around 1:17 pm. Maximum eclipse will be at approximately 2:40 pm, and the eclipse will end around 3:58 pm.


Why does an eclipse happen? Click the NASA link below to learn more. https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-an-eclipse-58


NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN! You could cause permanent eye damage. To safely view an eclipse, you must wear a pair of ISO approved eclipse glasses. Most vendors are sold out! Please use precaution, and do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse.


Here’s wishing each of you a successful and memorable first day of school for the 2017-2018 School Year!


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