Posted on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 under Newsletter, Publications

Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of Herron High School,

On Monday, August 21st, there will be the first total solar eclipse to be visible in the U.S. since 1979. Indianapolis is just outside the path of totality but should see 91% partial eclipse between 12:57pm and 3:48pm, with maximum eclipse at 2:24pm.

Herron High School and Riverside High School will be celebrating the eclipse and will have an adjusted class schedule to allow students to witness this event.

Students will receive safety protocol training prior to the event, and a pair of safe, NASA-certified eclipse viewing glasses will be provided to each student.

If you do not wish for your student to participate in the eclipse viewing event and want to opt-out, or if you have any questions about the event, please contact the appropriate Assistant Head of School listed below:

The Administration understands this is a significant cosmic event and understands the desire of families to use the eclipse as an educational and enrichment opportunity for your students. To that end, any student who does not attend school on August 21st for the purpose of experiencing the solar eclipse with their family will receive an excused absence.

Safety is always a top priority. Parents choosing to enjoy this experience at home with students should take precautionary measures to make this experience both safe and enjoyable. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. It is not recommended to view the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through unfiltered cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or other optical devices, with or without glasses. (For more information on viewing the eclipse safely to prevent eye damage, please visit 

Herron High School’s annual Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, August 24th. Students will be released at 1:30pm in order to allow teachers to prepare for the evening. Parents will follow their student’s class schedule in an abbreviated form that allows them to meet every teacher and learn about the curriculum in each class.

Printed C-day schedules will be handed out to parents beginning at 5:30pm, and the bell for first period rings at 6:00pm. Don’t be tardy! It is always a fun and informative evening that provides a small glimpse into your student’s school day.


Malcolm Gilchrist

Head of School

Complete newsletter here: 8.19.2017 HHS