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    Request for Bell Times Implementation Family Input
    Posted on 03/31/2016

    Family Input Requested: Bell Times Implementation

    The Seattle School Board recently adopted a new bell time schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 school year.

    The bell time change is meant to recognize and leverage research that has shown that teenagers may benefit from later start times resulting in more sleep, better health, increased academics and improved truancy rates.

    While the change is exciting in many ways, we know that it has presented some significant logistical, scheduling, and programmatic challenges, and appreciate the feedback from schools, families and community members.

    As the district moves forward to a successful transition to the newly adopted bell times, it is focusing on a number of topics including:

    • Nutrition services (breakfast and lunch),
    • Before and after school programs, and
    • Athletics

    As part of this work, we are is seeking your input on these three (3) areas and how a bell time change could potentially affect your child(ren)’s participation.

    Please consider taking an online survey available for families, staff and members of the school community by April 15, 2016.

    Survey Links

    Survey is available on Survey Monkey and can be found with the following links.







    Letter to Families

    You can read the March 23, 2016, letter to families providing context and a link to the survey with the links below.