Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse to take place on Aug. 21, 2017

On Aug. 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States. Our District will be just south of the path of totality for the solar eclipse.

For the communities of Raymore and Peculiar, the eclipse will start about 11:41 a.m., with the peak eclipse set to occur at 1:04 p.m., when the moon obscures 99.5 percent of the sun. The eclipse will end at approximately 2:36 p.m.

School is not in session on Aug. 21, but some students will have just returned home from Preview Day.

As always, safety is our top concern. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses”. Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

Eclipse glasses available

The Cass County Health Department purchased solar eclipse glasses for K-12 students and staff in Cass County using grant funding. Supplies are limited. 

For Ray-Pec students, the distribution will take place at community locations. The schools will NOT be the distribution point.

Raymore-Peculiar students may pick up solar eclipse glasses after noon Aug. 15 at these locations:

  • Raymore Eyecare, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Raymore City Hall, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
  • Peculiar Parks and Recreation at Peculiar City Hall, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More resources:

NASA: About Eclipses

Eclipse Path Map

Safety Tips 

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Eclipse page

Video about viewing the eclipse: