LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration

LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration

We are excited to announce that all Lincoln Public School students and staff will be invited to participate in a special LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration early in the 2017-18 school year!

On Monday, August 21, students and staff will take part in a solar eclipse experience for this once-in-a-lifetime event: a full solar eclipse visible in the Lincoln and southeast Nebraska area. Guided by specialists in all curriculum areas, this eclipse day of celebration will be preceded by a full week of rich, hands-on learning opportunities leading up to the grand finale.

Special safety glasses will be provided for all students and staff at Lincoln Public Schools - glasses that have been approved by the LPS Medical Advisory Committee. We will also be training staff and students the entire week leading up to the eclipse on safe viewing procedures.  Alternative activities will be provided for students who choose to stay inside.

As the Principal of Southeast High School, I am pleased to support the LPS Solar Eclipse Celebration on August 21, 2017.  This event is unique, only occurring once every 500 years in the Midwest, and we want to help make this something your student will remember forever. 

To help understand this event, here are some basic Q&As.

Q: What’s happening on August 21, 2017 – and why is it special?

A: A total solar eclipse. The moon will completely block the sun in Lincoln for up to almost two minutes in the middle of the day. A total eclipse has not been viewed in Lincoln for 500 years (before there was a Lincoln, or even a Nebraska) – and it will be 500 years until it returns.

Q:  Will there be an adjusted schedule at LSE so students can view the eclipse?

A:  Yes. The adjusted schedule can be found here. Students will finish lunch before the eclipse viewing and then report to their 7th period classes.  Teachers will then help students exit the building and take them to an outside viewing area. After the eclipse students will return to their 7th period class.  7th period class will end at 2:08 p.m.  8th period class will end at 3:05 p.m.

Q:  How are we going to safely view the eclipse?

A: Our primary goal in LPS is keeping our students and staff safe. Students and staff will wear special, medically-approved solar eclipse glasses to protect their eyes – and will receive full directions on how to use them for safe viewing. The Science Curriculum Department has been working with LPS and community experts to build awareness and safety.

Q: Who gets to participate?

A: Assuming weather is clear and calm on the eclipse day, all LPS staff and students in grades 1-12 – who have not opted for indoors – will participate directly. Our youngest children will have a virtual experience, but will still get the same cool eclipse glasses as everyone else.       

Q: How can families learn more about our event?

A: Ask your student’s principal, or go to the LPS Eclipse website:  lps.org/eclipse

Q.  What if I want my child to stay inside and have a virtual experience?

A.  Fill out this form and return it to your Southeast High School during first week of school.


Brent Toalson,

Principal Lincoln Southeast High School


Click here for the letter enclosed in the LPS summer mailing. 

Click here to visit the LPS Eclipse website.