The majority of high schools, comprehensive and alternative, will start at 7:50 am (ten minutes earlier than last year) and end at 2:20 pm. This includes Cleveland STEM, World School and South Lake.
The outliers are Center School (8:30 am-3:10 pm), Chief Sealth (8:40 am- 3:10 pm), Hale (8:40 am-3:10 pm) and Nova (8:30 am - 3:00 pm).
So Center School I get because of its location. Sealth because it's a joint campus with Denny and the district promised to not have the middle school and high school kids come to school at the same time. Nova? Well, it is a project-based alternative school so I get that.
But Hale? It lives a charmed life and has been able to keep their late start for years (and to this day). (I personally have never seen any advocacy from Hale's administration for this kind of benefit for other high schools. )
Also, how is that it's okay for Nova, Hale and Sealth all to deliver 10 minutes less a day to students than other high schools? Does the district have a waiver from OSPI for this? (I'll have to ask.)
From Start School Later-Seattle
Hello SSL supporters,
Are you confused and angry about the new
start times for our schools? Most high schools will be starting at 7:50
while a significant number of elementary schools won't start until
9:30. Why are we going in the wrong direction?
This goes back
to a revision of transportation standards that places buses in a 3-tier
system which is supposed to save the district money. This revised
transportation system was approved by the board back in February.
few buses serve our high schools, but since they drop off students at
7:35, high schools are being required to start at 7:50. Nathan Hale is
one of the exceptions, and will have an 8:40 start because years ago
they analyzed the issue and have been on a later starting schedule to
the benefit of their students.
What can we do?
superintendent has the authority to determine start times. There is no
good reason for high schools to be moving to an earlier start time. As
many of you are aware the American Association of Pediatrics just
released a policy statement advising that middle and high schools should
start at 8:30 or later. This is major and is consistent with our
initiative. Email our new superintendent, Dr. Larry Nyland and urge him to move high school start times back to 8:00.
a recap, the school board voted 6-1 in July to begin analysis and
community engagement work on start times. SSL-Seattle will be working
with the district to ensure that this work gets done and that outreach
on the issue is presented in a scientific and balanced manner.
tuned on ways to keep the district accountable to working on start
times. In the meantime, we should all ask that our high schools go back
to 8:00 starts.