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When School Starts Too Early...It's Deadly for Education
Start School Later Seattle is committed to protecting the health and safety of public school students by advocating for reasonable school start times and working in a positive manner within the local community.
To join the Seattle chapter, request more information or to get involved please fill out the form to the right.
LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES
Update on BOE Position
2/4/2014. The Seattle school board will have a retreat on March 8 and will determine if assessment of start times should be prioritized. If they prioritize the issue they could then go on to begin planning for implementation in fall 2015. If they don't prioritize the issue, then no further work will be done on the issue for the foreseeable future.
It is urgent that people contact school board directors and urge them to prioritize later starts for secondary students.
The board will be voting on transportation standards for next year on 2/5. They will not consider changing start times now. Once this vote is behind us I will email petition signers with an update and let everyone know the time to push is now!
Seattle School Nurses Association passed a resolution for later starts for secondary students and will be interviewed by King 5 TV this week. - Cindy Jatul, Seattle Chapter Director
Critical School Board Vote
1/3/14 - In December, Seattle Public School administrators indicated that they need the School Board to vote that assessment of starting secondary schools later is a priority or no further work will be done.
Please write to School Board members ASAP to urge a yes vote on making assessment of changing start times a priority and voice your support of later start times for secondary school to be implemented in fall 2014.
Their address is firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be voting on this at a January board meeting.
Please invite your friends, family, and coworkers to also add their voice to ensure that the process we have begun is not stopped in its tracks.
State Superintendent Seeks Input About Starting School Later
9/18/13 - The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking input on the idea of moving secondary schools to later start times. OSPI oversees public education for all of Washington. Let's make our voices heard!
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Seattle Public Schools plan to survey parents about later start times for 2014-15
Seattle Public Schools officials say they will survey parents this fall to determine whether to adjust school start times for the 2014-2015 school year. This is in no small part due to the efforts of Start School Later, who have been telling the district that starting classes at 9 or 9:30 a.m. would help students stay awake, improve memory consolidation and reduce absenteeism and tardies.
Can this be real? Everett Schools are considering moving their 7:30 a.m. start times even earlier: to 7:10 a.m.
"Early to rise" may be holding back high school students:
Earlier start times for Everett high schools would save money, but could also hurt learning. HeraldNet. May 12, 2013
"... our Seattle group is now officially named, Start School Later Seattle... The background research info available from the national organization has been very helpful in making a persuasive argument to our school board. We have a majority on our side. We will have to work with the new superintendent to determine his stand." - Cindy Jatul, Founder, Start School Later Seattle
News from Start School Later's Coalition Partner in Northshore Seattle, Parent Advocates for a Later School Start (PALS):
Primary school board election ballots are starting to arrive - with 3 strong late start supporters running this year:
Amy Cast for position 5:
Marci Cheesebrough for position 1:
Kimberly D'Angelo for position 1:
If you're a registered voter in this school district, don't forget to vote in the primary election.