Update: from the Start School Later Seattle group, they are urging a "yes" vote on the current bell times plan.
Good news! SPS has brought forth a very good proposal to change start times for 2016-17. These are the highlights:
Now: 2 out of 14 high schools start at a healthy time for adolescents.
Proposed: All 14 high schools (100%) would start at a healthy bell time of 8:50 a.m. (Tier 2)
Now: None of our 10 middle schools starts at a healthy time.
Proposed: 9 of 10 (90%) would begin the school day at 8:50 a.m. (Tier 2)
Now: 28 elementary schools at Tier 3, which is hard on many families
Proposed: 49 elementary schools would start at 8:00 (Tier 1); 10 would remain in Tier 3 (a 64% reduction).
Now: 5 K8s in Tier 3, 5 K8s in Tier 2, and 1 K8 in Tier 1
Proposed: 3 in Tier 3 (a 40% reduction); 5 in Tier 2; 3 in Tier 1.
The cost of these changes is ZERO, and they will benefit many thousands of students.
proposal is a major step forward, and we strongly support it. It is not
perfect, but it is a HUGE improvement over our current system, which is
without doubt detrimental to both adolescents who are sleep deprived,
and to younger students who start too late.
Still, our goal is
to have all SPS students scheduled at a biologically appropriate start
time, and we will continue to advocate for that goal. After this vote,
our efforts should be focused on Olympia to achieve full funding of
public education so that two transportation tiers—the best schedule for
all students—can be our next accomplishment.
meantime, the board will vote on 11/4. Please send an email urging a
YES vote, as a no vote will maintain the status quo for the foreseeable
Two of the hard-working members of Soup for Teachers, Liza Rankin and Tama Weinberg created this info-graphic. There's also a link here to current bell times.