District Solar Eclipse Information

Posted on 08/15/2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will experience an eclipse of the sun. In Cabot, the event starts at 11:48 a.m. Maximum coverage of the sun will happen for around 2 minutes at 1:18 p.m. The eclipse will end in our area at 2:46 p.m. Total coverage will be a little greater than 90%. This will not be enough for it to get completely dark, but it will be noticeably gray in color.

Safety during the eclipse is our top priority. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. Because the sun will never be totally covered during our eclipse experience, individuals should wear special eclipse glasses during the entire time they are outside. Solar filter glasses, welding safety glasses, or an indirect projection are the only safe ways to view the eclipse.  

Because of these safety concerns, the following precautionary measures will be taken to protect our students:

  • Each building will develop schedules to eliminate any outside transitions during the period of the eclipse.

  • Classes normally held outside, such as athletic practices, will be inside.

  • Students will have indoor recess during the time of the eclipse.

As an alternative to an outside viewing of the eclipse, all students will have the opportunity to view a livestream of the event being provided by NASA at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive. In addition to the livestream, staff will use resources provided by NASA as part of the broadcast. Resources can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/k-12-formal-education. We will return to our regular schedule at 2:30 p.m. and buses will run on schedule. 

Some of our schools have received eclipse glasses. Those schools will be sending permission slips that must be signed and returned before students will be allowed to directly view the eclipse. Students that do not return the permission slip will be allowed to view the livestream instead. 

Parents who want their children to experience the event live under parental supervision will be allowed to check out their child by 12:00 p.m. We are requesting that students being checked out for the afternoon do so by noon in order to avoid being outdoors during the most dangerous time of the eclipse. Absences will not count against the student.  

This will be a special event and a great learning experience for our students. Our goal is that by taking these steps, we will ensure an enjoyable and safe learning experience. Please contact your child's school if you have additional questions.  

Solar Eclipse Letter from Dr. Thurman

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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746