Doors open at 7:30 am. Please check our Extended Day link on the Parent Page for information if you are interested in Before and/or After Care. Dismissal occurs at 3:30pm
Bus riders: Please be aware there could be a delay in pick up and drop off due to back to school traffic.
Middle School: Mondays and Thursdays are periods 1-4; Tuesdays and Fridays are periods 5-8. Wednesday are all periods.
We look forward to an excellent first week of school!
Solar Eclipse Information
Volusia County Schools has provided some important information I would like to share with you regarding the solar eclipse that will take place Monday, August 21st.
The solar eclipse will be a great learning opportunity for our students and adults alike. Safety is very important as it will NOT be safe to view any part of the solar eclipse without proper eye protection.
Therefore, teachers will not be taking students outside to view the eclipse as we cannot ensure that ALL students have taken proper precaution to safely view the eclipse of the sun.
**Dismissal: Kindergarten through 2nd grade will remain indoors and will be escorted to vehicles as parents arrive. All other grade levels will be under awnings and reminded of the safety precautions. Extra staff will be on hand to help as well.
The following information will be shared with students Friday afternoon:
- Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse is too dangerous, as the normal squint response will not occur and the eye will be exposed to dangerous amounts of UV light.
- There is no pain involved and by the time the damage is done it is too late.
- The damage can be permanent and may not occur until the next day.
To safely view an eclipse of the sun, wear eclipse glasses or use hand-held solar viewers. Do NOT look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun with the naked eye or through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars. Sunglasses or handmade filters are NOT safe methods for viewing an eclipse and may damage your eyes.
Please make sure students are aware they are not to look up at the sun when they leave campus.
All after school activities and Extended Day will take place indoors.
Thank you for encouraging safety and learning! More information from Volusia County Schools is provided below.
From VCS: Schools Put Safety Measures in Place as Precaution for Solar Eclipse
Volusia County will experience a partial eclipse of the sun on Monday, August 21, and Volusia County Schools is putting appropriate safety measures in place to prepare for this rare event. The eclipse will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. and end at 4:15 p.m.
Due to the dangers associated with viewing the eclipse, all outdoor activities, such as athletics, physical education, extracurriculars and extended-day, will be held indoors beginning at 1:15 p.m. until the eclipse ends at 4:15 p.m. The district is sharing important resources with students, teachers and parents to take advantage of this educational experience, as well as encouraging safe viewing of the eclipse on appropriate television channels or online websites.
There will not be any changes to dismissal, but since the eclipse will take place during a three-hour timeframe, teachers, administrators and bus operators will remind students to not look directly at the sun when walking or riding home.
In addition to safety reminders this week, the district is encouraging parents to discuss the solar eclipse and safe viewing decisions with their children. Extra caution is also urged because afternoon drivers may be distracted, creating additional hazards on the road.
The eclipse offers great learning opportunities for students and adults, but many may be unaware of the dangers. Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse is too dangerous, as the normal squint response will not occur and the eye will be exposed to dangerous amounts of UV light. There is no pain involved and by the time the damage is done it is too late, and the damage can be permanent and may not occur until the next day.
To safely view an eclipse of the sun, wear eclipse glasses or use hand-held solar viewers. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun with the naked eye or through an unfiltered camera, telescope, or binoculars. Sunglasses or handmade filters are not safe methods for viewing an eclipse and may damage your eyes.
Here are additional resources regarding the solar eclipse:
- As a safety precaution, we ask that you do not use the back bus loop parking lot as a parent pick up parking lot. Please use the front loop to pick up students.
- As a courtesy, please keep elementary front doors clear upon student dismissal. it is become difficult to navigate through the crowd for a safe parent pick-up. For your convenience, we block off a parking spot area for you to stand and wait for your child / children.
- Bus routes may still be delayed due to back to school traffic. We are working with bus drivers to find solutions to make routes and times faster.
Thank you for your support!