Start of School Checklist
Summary: We have gathered some essential information to be ready for back to school.
Back to School Information for Families
Seattle Public Schools is a world-class district. We are home to nearly 50,000 students, and we are glad that you chose us to guide your child’s learning. You can expect our caring and committed staff to provide safe, welcoming classrooms and to put students first!
Bell Times and School Year Dates
Start school Wednesday, Sept. 14 for all students. Wednesday, Sept. 14 is not an early release day.
SPS will continue with a two-tier transportation system for the 2022-23 school year. This means elementary, K-8, and middle schools will not change their start and end times in September.
High schools will have a slight change in start and end time. Most high schools will start at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.
Back to School Checklist
Here is some essential information to be ready for back to school.
New Families: Sign up for your parent/guardian Source account
The Source displays student attendance, assessment sources, and progress reports. It is also how families can access School Pay to pay for student fees (ex. yearbooks and ASB cards).
Complete the Student Data Verification form Sept. 14-30
The student data verification form enables parents and guardians to update their household and student information online. This form includes the important student health information, emergency and family contact information, and much more.
To access, log in to your Source account and select Student Data Verification form from the navigation menu.
Review your Communication Preferences
Parents and guardians are subscribed to email communications from SPS and your student’s school. This includes School Beat, the district e-newsletter, and time-sensitive information such as weather alerts and emergency information.
Health and Safety Updates for 2022-23
A top SPS priority is the safety of students and staff. The district worked with health officials to develop this year’s health safety guidance, including school leaders, public health officials, and doctors. Our community continues to be impacted by infectious diseases and our health and safety protocols support in-person instruction.
Schedule immunization and physical appointments with your healthcare provider as needed.
Check your student’s vaccination records or contact your health care provider to be sure your student has received all their required vaccines.
If you received a letter from Health Services about vaccines your student needs for school, please make sure they receive the immunization(s) listed in the letter. Send the immunization record to the school nurse or have your health care provider fax the record to the nurse.
Complete the 2022-23 Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application
The federal program that provided free meals for all students last year has ended. To continue receiving meal benefits for the upcoming school year, eligible families must complete a new application. In addition to no cost student meals, families who complete the application and qualify are eligible for additional cost-saving district programs for students!
We have several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students.
Learn more about SPS Student Devices
All students can receive an SPS device at the beginning of the school year.
Check out the Affordable Internet Program
Students and families in need of internet access should apply to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
Read Transportation Updates for 2022-23
Families with students eligible for transportation services will have their routes mailed to their home address. While some bus routes will not be in effect for the start of school, our transportation team is working with students, families, and transportation vendors to prepare for the new year.
New this fall! SPS students and all youth under 18 can ride King County Metro and Link Light Rail for FREE!
Please Walk, Ride, and Drive Safely
We are all eager to begin the new school year, please remember to drive and ride carefully throughout our community—especially near our schools. The return of students means we will have increased pedestrian and car traffic. Please plan additional time when taking students to school and driving through Seattle neighborhoods.
Our transportation team has gathered resources and tips for walking, biking, and rolling to school.
We miss your student(s) when they are absent from school, and we value their contributions in the classroom. SPS would like you to help ensure that your student attends regularly and is successful in school.
Become a School Volunteer
We love SPS school volunteers! Learn the steps for new volunteers and returning volunteers.
Learn About High School and Beyond Planning with Naviance
Naviance is used to support our students in middle and high schools and their families. With Naviance, students can explore college and career paths, analyze skills and talents with career and personality assessments and develop plans to stay on track and reach academic goals.
- 2022-23 School Year Dates
- Start and End Times for All Schools
- Technology Support for Families
- The Source
- Start of School Forms and Information
Transportation updates for start of school
- 2022-23 Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment Annual Notification of Rights (Anticipated 2022-23 Surveys and parent/guardian rights)
- Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures (Office of Student Civil Rights)
- Student Rights and Responsibilities