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Bell Time Update May 5

Summary: We are slowing down the decision-making process so we can continue to identify ways to alleviate the concerns that have been raised.

The proposed changes to school start times (bell times) were not introduced at the School Board meeting on May 4 as expected. 

We have received a lot of feedback from families and our community partners about the challenges this proposal would create for families and staff. We are taking more time to work through ways to address those challenges.

Seattle Public Schools is committed to providing reliable transportation that gets students to school on time and ready to learn. Staff will continue to work with schools, families, and partners over the next several weeks as we refine this plan. We also will continue to communicate updates to families as soon as possible

You can find the latest information, including updates to the frequently asked questions on the bell times webpage.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us about the proposed changes through our Let’s Talk link as well as through other methods. We will continue to review all feedback and share it with staff and School Board Directors. Let’s Talk is the best way to share your comments and concerns.

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