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    Message from the Superintendent
    Posted on 09/16/2015

    Dear Seattle Public School Families,

    I am happy to confirm that SPS and SEA have reached a tentative agreement on a contract, and we anticipate that school will start on Thursday, Sept. 17.

    We are grateful to both bargaining teams for working literally through the night to resolve differences. It was just an incredible effort by both bargaining teams, who all care deeply about students.

    Their work is great news for our 53,000 students. We are eager to open schools, welcome students and begin learning. Both sides have agreed to keep details of the tentative agreement under wraps until union membership has time to review and approve. We'll provide details as soon as we are able.

    Some updates for parents as their students head to school on Thursday are:

    • All kindergarten students will start school on Thursday.
    • Six days of school will need to be rescheduled during the school year.We will negotiate this with SEA and look at options such as using the three pre-existing contingency ‘snow days,’ shortening mid-year vacation breaks or extending the end of the school year.

    Graduation dates will likely change and we will communicate with families as we adjust the calendar for our graduating seniors.

    Finally, I want to thank you for your patience and perseverance during this challenging time. In these past months, both SPS and SEA have shared a common goal of reaching an agreement to get the district’s students into classrooms to start learning. We are excited to come together as a community to welcome and support our students and families. I’m energized and enthused as we move forward with our primary charge: every student, in every classroom, every day.


    Larry Nyland