Welcome to Start School Later Seattle!
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 Needs
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
Good news from Start School Later's Coalition Partner in Northshore Seattle, Parent Advocates for a Later School Start (PALS):
At the 26th June 2012 board meeting the school board directed the district to run the computer models for a later start! If the models demonstrate that a 7:30 high school start time can be achieved, we hope that NSD will implement them for the coming 2012-13 school year.
To add your voice to this effort, please sign the PALS petition to the Northshore School Board!