Start of School Forms and Information

2016-17 Start of School Forms and Information

Welcome back!

First day of school for 1st through 12th grades is Wednesday, Sept. 7.
First day of school for kindergartners is Monday, Sept. 12.
Visit the 2016-17 School Calendar and upcoming events for more information.

Dear Seattle Public Schools families,

A warm welcome to our students and families as we enter the 2016-17 school year.

We have a busy and exciting year before us! Thank you for the privilege of serving your family, your children and our community.

Read the Welcome Back to School Letter from Superintendent Nyland with links below.

Below we have pulled together many required documents and critical information to help staff, families and students prepare for the upcoming first day of school.

2016-17 Forms to be Returned to Schools

504-2 Survey to Identify Disabled Studentspdf icon

Emergency Information and Student Releasepdf icon

FERPA Preschool, Elementary, K-8, Middle School pdf icon

FERPA High School pdf icon 

Health Informationpdf icon

Housing Questionnairepdf icon

Indian Education Program, Title VII (new students)pdf icon

General Information

2016-17 School Year Calendar

The 2016-17 school year calendar was approved by the Seattle Public Schools School Board on May 4, 2016. Read the key school year dates and school term dates.

Advanced Learning

Advanced Learning Notification (Elementary and K-8)pdf icon

Seattle Public Schools offers several services and programs for students who meet eligibility requirements for an advanced curriculum. Read more about Advanced Learning.

Athletic Information

Seattle Public Schools offers diverse athletic opportunities middle and high school students. Read more about athletics.


Compulsory Attendance "Becca Law" (all students)pdf icon

Students are not able learn required subjects when they are absent from school. They miss critical instruction for understanding key concepts and fall behind quickly in completing assignments. Read more about attendance.

Bell Time Changes

All schools’ start and end times will change for the 2016-17 school year. See all new bell schedules.

Child Care

Read more about before and after school child care resources.

College and Career Readiness

The SPS strategic plan outlines the goal of all students prepared for college, career and life. Read more about College and Career Readiness Resources.

Read more about Career and Technical Education

Read more about Skills Center

College Bound Online Application opens September 1.

Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Discrimination is unfair or unlawful treatment of a person or group because they are part of a defined group, known as a protected class. Read more about SPS safeguards against discrimination.

Discrimination Complaint Procedures Noticepdf icon


A climate of respect for the rights of others is essential to maintain a school environment in which teachers can teach and children can learn without undue interference. Read more about discipline.

Early Learning

At Seattle Public Schools, our vision is for every child to experience a quality, cohesive and joyful learning experience from preK through third grade that will provide the strong foundation needed to succeed in school and life. Read more about early learning.


Admissions enrolls new students, manages student transfers between schools (if applicable) and processes choice applications. Read more about enrollment.

Enrollment forms including Change of Address and Admission forms.

Waitlist information can be found on our registration webpage.


Vaccines Required Meningococcal and HPV noticepdf icon

We are committed to assuring a safe and healthy environment for all learners. Read more about Health Services, find health forms and resources.

Read more about Teen Health Centers.


The McKinney-Vento Program staff can help students and families who are experiencing homelessness. Read more about the McKinney-Vento Program.

Huchoosedah Indian Education

Huchoosedah Native Education applies annually for federally funding through the Title VII Indian Education Formula Grant program that assists Native American, Alaskan Native, and American Indian students in Seattle Public Schools in grades K-12. Read more about Native Education.


Welcome Kindergarten Students!

Beginning the 2016-17 school year, Seattle Public Schools is providing free full-day kindergarten for all students! Read more about kindergarten.

Lunches and Breakfast

Free and Reduced Price Meal Application

Meal Prices
Elementary Students: Breakfast $2, Lunch $3
Secondary Students: Breakfast $2.25, Lunch $3.25
Adults: Breakfast $3.25, Lunch $4.75

Paying for School Meals Online: PayPams
Note: the online service requires the student ID number

School Meal Menus Online: Nutriaslice

Read more about Nutrition Services at Seattle Public Schools.

Safety and Security

The Safety and Security Department help the district maintain a safe and secure environment for all students, staff and visitors. Read more about safety and security.

School Messenger

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, schools will again be able to use phone notifications for non-emergency related announcements. Read more about phone and email notification to families.

Student Section 504 Procedures

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a Federal civil rights law that is designed to eliminate disability discrimination in programs and activities that receive Federal funds. Read more about Student 504 Procedures.

Student Accident and Insurance

Student Injuries and Insurance information letter.pdf icon

Visit the SPS Risk Management for more information.

Student Portal

The Source: student schedules, assessment scores, attendance, library information, and secondary student grades. The Source registration letter.pdf icon

Schoology: online tool that teachers may use to communicate classroom work and student assignments. Schoology Information flyer.pdf icon

Online Resources for Academic Support: Seattle Public Schools students have access to a wide variety of online resources.

Special Education

Learn more about the full range of services we offer at our Special Education Services webpage.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Basic Rules for All Students

Student Rights and Responsibilities including translations

Technology Services Catalog

The Department of Technology Service Catalog defines and categorizes information technology services provided to the Seattle Public Schools family. Go to the Technology Service Catalog.

Transportation and Bus Information

Bus arrival and departure times for 2016-17.pdf icon

Read more SPS transportation services.

See the Walk Zones for elementary schools.

The Transportation Department is mailing a letter to families who are receiving bus services at the end of August. If you don't receive notification before the start of school contact the Transportation Department at 206-252-0900 or email


Volunteering webpage with application, background check information, handbook and more.

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