As you may be aware, the Seattle School Board recently adopted a new bell time schedule for the 2016-17 school year. This 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. Most secondary schools are moving to a later bell time, while elementary schools are moving to an earlier starting time.
While the bell time change is exciting in many ways, we know that it has presented some significant logistical, scheduling, and programmatic challenges, and appreciate the feedback from families and community members on the impact. As the District moves forward, it is focusing on a number of topics important to a successful transition to the newly adopted bell times, including:
- Nutrition Services (Breakfast and Lunch)
- Before and After School Programs
As part of this work, we are seeking your input on these three (3) areas and how a bell time change could potentially affect your child(ren)’s participation.
Please take a few minutes to answer the 27 questions. Your input into this decision-making process is invaluable to the Task Force, District and Seattle community helping inform its discussions and work.
Thank you very much for your time!