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Ferguson-Florissant Prepares for April 8 Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will cross over the United States. Ferguson-Florissant School District will be in the path of the (partial) solar eclipse. The eclipse is most evident in St. Louis around 1:55 to 2:05 p.m. Our area will experience a deep partial eclipse, with 99.1% coverage of the sun by the moon. 

To prepare for this rare opportunity, Ferguson-Florissant has designed learning opportunities so that students can experience this event in a safe and educational manner. Click here to see more safe viewing information.

When is the Solar Eclipse?

  • Monday, April 8, 2024

  • Timing in the Ferguson-Florissant area: 


  • 12:43:01 PM - Partial Phase Begins

  • 2:00:48 PM - Mid-Eclipse


  • 12:43:04 PM - Partial Phase Begins

  • 2:00:49 PM - Mid-Eclipse

How will Ferguson-Florissant students and staff view the eclipse safely?

  • All students and staff will be given a pair of eclipse glasses. The eclipse glasses meet the requirements for safe viewing.

  • Since St. Louis will only witness a deep partial eclipse, viewers must wear eye protection at all times when viewing the eclipse and looking at the sun. Sunglasses do not provide enough eye protection.

  • Please note: Eclipse glasses should not be worn when driving.

  • Permission forms for students to participate in outdoor viewing activities have been sent from your child’s school. Solar Eclipse Permission Form 

Safety is our top priority. Here are some essential guidelines to follow for safely viewing the eclipse:

      • Never look directly at the sun.

        • Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause permanent eye damage, including blindness.

      • Use approved solar eclipse glasses.

        • Always use special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses,” that comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.

        • Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.

      • Inspect your solar filter.

        • Inspect your eclipse glasses before each use. Discard them if scratched, punctured, torn, or damaged.

At no time should students or participants remove their eclipse glasses and look directly at the sun, as it could cause permanent eye damage or other unknown effects.  There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not remove their eclipse glasses, so please speak with your child about the importance of keeping their eclipse glasses on at all times during this event.

For additional resources on solar eclipse safety and information, please visit the following links: