Welcome to Start School Later Seattle!
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
SPS Task Force to launch November 13. The district is finally establishing a task force to analyze start times, calling us the “Bell Time Analysis Task Force”. Many SSL supporters, including sleep medicine specialists were appointed. Our work will be directed towards generating a report to the superintendent by June 2015. Community outreach will take place this winter and spring. Our goal will be to ensure that information and options presented to the public are scientifically accurate and balanced. The school board will need to vote next winter in order to make possible changes by September 2016. We will need to keep pressure on the district in order to move this process forward. Please sign our petition and keep emailing our superintendent and school board members to let them know you support later starts for middle and high school students.
Great News! BOE Looking Into Ways to Start School Later & Due to Report Back in September 2015
Message from Cindy Jatul, Founder of Start School Later-Seattle - March 27, 2014
There are two more District Strategic Plan town hall meetings. This is an opportunity to let the district know that we want start times to be adjusted to match the learning, health, and safety needs of our students. Start School Later-Seattle has proposed flipping elementary and secondary start times (provided that elementary doesn't start earlier than 8:00) as a possible, cost-effective solution.
Last week the school board passed a resolution to work on later starts for teens. The resolution however only calls for anlysis and possible implementation in fall 2016. SSL has advocted for fall 2015.
Thank you to those of you who have gone to the Strategic Plan meetings and asked why changing start times should take so long!
The last two meetings are:
Thursday, March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the Northwest region, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th
Monday, March 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., for the West Seattle region at Roxhill Elementary, 9430 30th Ave. SW
Please make your voices heard!
Start School Later-Seattle In The News
RALLY - MARCH 19th, 2014
This Wednesday, March 19th, will be the deciding vote about if work will begin to shift school start times so that they are best for student learning, health, and safety. If the vote does not go well, then Seattle teens will have years more of sleep deprivation, and all its negative effects.
Our last chance to impress upon the Board and District how important this is to our community is at the Rally March 19th at 4pm at John Stanford Center. They have received the petition with currently 3700+ signatures, but they need to see your faces and hear your voices. We need as many of you as possilbe at the Rally. Our goal is 1,000! If you are not personally able to make it, please ask your partner, friend or neighbor to attend and speak out on behalf of our children. The media will be there filming, which is a great chance to get your voice heard!
John Stanford Center is at 2445 3rd Ave, South
Look for our banner: Later Starts for Teens in 2015
PS. If you are not able to attend in person, please phone both the Superintendent and School Board today to let them know how important this is to Seattle children and families. Superintendent 252-0180, School Board 252-0040.
March 8 Board Retreat Update
3/11/2014. Board directors were to discuss whether to prioritize work on start times per the directive from Deputy Superintendent Charles Wright to prioritize, or district staff will discontinue work on the issue. Wright derailed the priorities discussion at the retreat, by saying he wasn’t “ready” for the discussion and won’t be until June. Operations head, Pegi McEvoy presented a detailed timeline to work on the issue with possible implementation by fall 2015. There were no objections to her timeline from senior staff but some board directors and staff are worried that a flipped transportation schedule can’t be worked out by November and that they can’t be ready to engage the community until fall 2015. In response to this, Peaslee offered to amend the resolution to a fall 2016 date for possible implementation. Effectively kicking the can down the road for 2.5 more years.
SSL-Seattle is outraged by the tactic to derail the prioritization discussion, leaving the door open for no votes on the resolution by directors concerned about “what will come off the table,” if work on start time occurs. Eight months should be enough time to work out a transportation plan (they didn’t vote on the 2014-15 plan until February 2014), and given the current level of community engagement on the issue, there is no reasonable justification to wait another 18 months to go to the community.
Please email the board: firstname.lastname@example.org
We urge the board and district to set up a task force now, work on a transportation plan for November 2014, and work towards implementation for fall 2015, not 2016.
Updates on BOE Position
2/11/2014. con the resolution by board members who don't know "what will come off the table" if work is done on start times.
We all need to email the school board and urge them to go back to the original resolution for implementation in fall 2015 with work to begin immediately on establishing a task force and preparing for community outreach in fall 2014 and a transportation plan by November 2014. This work should be a district priority.
Email the board: email@example.com
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.