New bell schedules for Seattle Public Schools begin 2016-17 school year
Schools' start and end times will change for the 2016-17 school year for all Seattle Public Schools.
New bell schedules
You can view new bell times for all schools on our webpage New Bell Schedules for 2016-17. These changes will be reflected on individual school websites this month.
The change in school start times is designed to improve academic outcomes for secondary students.
The district recognizes the challenges families face and has identified resources to help as they restructure their schedules, including potential effects on before and after school childcare, after school activities and nutrition programs.
Before and after school childcare
A list of available before and after school program providers and child care program information
Safety and security
As we look ahead to next fall when many elementary students are coming to school earlier. Reflectors will be made available for students to wear for increased visibility.
The district is pleased to be expanding our partnership with the City of Seattle's Safe Routes to Schools Program to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. Check out the website for resources for teaching students safe ways to navigate their neighborhoods such as the Walking School Bus approach.
Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served for all students.
All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive meals free of charge. Visit the free and reduced price meal information webpage for instructions on completing and submitting your application.
Athletics and extracurricular activities
As a result of later school end times many athletics and extracurricular activities will be affected. Families should plan accordingly for childcare and transportation needs. Updated game time schedules are available on our Athletics Metro Game Time Changes webpage.
Why the change?
Research has shown that teenagers benefit from later start times resulting in more sleep, better health, reduced discipline and improved truancy rates.
During the district's community engagement process, most feedback from the community supported earlier start times for our younger students. Additionally, research has shown no negative effects on elementary students when school begins earlier.
The decision to change bell times comes after a year-long analysis including family and school surveys, a national review of research and recommendations from a community based task force. Additional information on the bell times analysis process and community engagement can be found on our Bell Times Analysis webpage.
Additional information and questions
The district is working with community partners to help increase awareness about these changes and the resources available for families in advance of the 2016-17 school year.
For additional information, follow the district's social media channels for the latest updates throughout the summer. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Families should also feel free to contact their school principal with any questions. Or you can direct questions to our Bell Times Analysis staff at firstname.lastname@example.org