SDBOR: Provide Solar Eclipse Day 2017
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On August 21st, 2017 a total solar eclipse will be visible from central Wyoming through the panhandle of Nebraska, passing with its path of totality passing directly over Casper WY and Alliance NE. This awe-inspiring alignment of our solar system begins at approximately 10:20 am MDT and reaches totality at approximately 11:40 MDT. (Exact times are subject to viewing location)
On August 21st, 2017, the first day of classes begin at South Dakota Board of Regents schools.
This petition asks the South Dakota Board of Regents to delay the beginning of the Fall 2017 semester for one day in honor of this astronomic event. We ask that all students, faculty and staff at SD Board of Regents schools be given leave to travel on August 21st for the purposes of viewing this total solar eclipse.
It is our position that in the pursuit of that wonder which is the very heart of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics those persons associated in any fashion with higher education must be allowed to indulge themselves in this occasion; No other total Solar Eclipse will come this close to the Black Hills in our natural lifetimes.
We are not asking, as a part of this petition, for resources to facilitate the viewing of this total solar eclipse. Simply we request that we all be given leave to observe something which is widely regarded as the most awe inspiring of natural phenomenon.
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