Seattle Public Schools is considering a decision to change regular school hours.
In a letter sent to parents Thursday, the district said the proposed changes would help address transportation issues related to its shortage of school bus drivers.
“We know that school leaders and families want safe, reliable and timely transportation services without changes to the school schedule,” the district said on its website. “Unfortunately, due to the persistent shortage of bus drivers, it is not possible to deliver both of these things to everyone in the district.”
The district, which has already suspended 50 bus routes, expects the driver shortage to continue through next year.
Right now, most of the district’s elementary school students start at 7:55 and leave school at 1:10 p.m. Most students in the district’s middle schools – as well as most students in the district’s K-8 schools – start the class. at 8.55 and will be released between kl. 14.10 and 14.30. Most high school students start the class at 8.45 and leaves school around kl. 14.30
Under the district’s new proposal, which its board will vote on next month, the most drastic changes would be made at the elementary level.
Most primary schools – 43 of the district’s 64 – would start the class at 7.30 and end at 14.00. Four primary schools would start at. 8.30 and end at 15:00, and the remaining 17 schools would start at. 9:30 and ends at 16.00
You can see the proposed start time for the individual schools on the district’s website.
During the changes, all but one of the district’s middle schools would start at. 8:30 and end at 15:20. Denny International Middle School in West Seattle, the only exception, would start at. 9:30 and end at 20.00 All the district’s K-8 schools would start at. 9.30 and end at 16.00
Each of the district’s 15 colleges would start at. 8.30 and end at 15.20
According to the plan, the Board of Directors will vote on the changes at its ordinary meeting on 18 May. If approved, they will take effect at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
The district welcomes public input on the changes until May 18. Parents and community members can submit their feedback through a Seattle Public Schools online form.