Excited to witness the Solar Eclipse on August 21? Here are some details about how Tattnall will celebrate this exciting experience:
  • We do not plan to change any dismissal times.
  • We will share age appropriate information with our students regarding the eclipse prior to the event.
  • We have purchased and will provide eclipse glasses to Tattnall students and staff from Explore Scientific, who is listed as a reputable vendor on the NASA website. See https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety. The Explore Scientific glasses report to be ISO 123122 certified.
  • Students may wear Solar Eclipse T-shirt and/or spirit dress.
  • Students may want to bring blankets and/or beach towels.
  • Pinky’s Shaved Ice will be available for purchase.
  • Parents may request that their child be kept indoors throughout the viewing if they are fearful for any reason; otherwise, our students will go outside with their teachers during the peak time (pending weather).
  • Parents may come to campus to share in this event with their student and will not be penalized if they want to check their student out of school and experience this event in a different setting.


Middle and high school students will report to Trojan Hall at 2:09 to watch the live feed from NASA. Weather permitting, students will then go outside to view the eclipse and return to Trojan Hall after the viewing. Optimal viewing time is from 2:15 – 2:45.

If you DO NOT wish your child to participate, please fill out the refusal form and click submit. Refusal forms MUST be returned by 8:00 Monday morning.

Because Macon, GA is not in the Path of Totality, we will actually witness a partial eclipse. As such, the sun will only be partially covered by the moon – but still will be an amazing experience for the students.

For eye safety reasons — it is important to instruct your kids to listen carefully to their teachers and follow instructions during this event.

1. Eclipse glasses should be properly placed on the face and should remain in place for the entire event.

2. This is not a time to be playing around such that glasses could be dislodged.

3. Even with safety glasses on, local ophthalmologists are advising observers should not stare at the sun for any amount of time. Rather, observers should glance at the partial eclipse once or twice and then quickly look away to avoid eye injury to avoid injury.

4. Observers should not photograph the eclipse with cell phones or cameras without certified lens and eclipse glasses.

See https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety for more information re: safety.