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    2021-22 School Year: 180 Days of Excellence

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    Looking Ahead to Next School Year

    Seattle Public Schools is planning for five full days of in-person instruction at all 104 schools beginning on September 1, 2021 as required by the state.

    We are committed to working with our families, students, and staff to open schools and welcome back all students while continuing to prioritize the health of our school communities.


    As we plan for the 2021-22 school year — 180 Days of Excellence — we will be focused creating the conditions necessary for students to thrive. Seattle Public Schools will provide high-quality and engaging learning, a culture of care for students and staff, and will be prepared respond to the needs of our students and school communities.

    We will share regular planning updates on this webpage and through School Beat, the district newsletter, including information for new and returning families, students of all grade levels and schools, and details on nutrition, transportation, family engagement, and more.


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    High Quality Learning Environments


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    Student and Staff Wellness


    SPS continues to follow the requirements and guidance of the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Labor & Industries, and Public Health - Seattle & King County as we plan for Fall 2021. Next school year, some health and safety protocols will remain, others will go away, and new COVID-19 prevention strategies will be implemented in response to public health guidance. The district is working in collaboration with labor partners to ensure a smooth start to school and may adjust safety protocols based on changes in public health guidance.


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    Additional Information

    First Day of School

    • September 1 for 1-12 Grade
    • September 9 for Kindergarten and Preschool
      • PreK/K Family Connections Conferences will be held September 1-3.

    School start and end times (bell schedule): Most schools will resume pre-pandemic start and end times. Your school will communicate if there are any changes to this schedule in response to the need of their individual communities.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be provided at all 104 schools. The structure of lunch may look different in order to follow health and safety protocols. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for free for all students all school year. Summer meals continue to be provided at meal sites Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through August 20.

    Transportation: Regular transportation services will resume Fall 2021 for students that qualify for SPS transportation. Full days of instruction and 10 months of work will likely make driver recruitment more successful in a competitive market.

    Child care: Schools and child care providers are working on a building-by-building basis to best support child care access. Learn more and view a list of child care providers.


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