Bell Time Change Implementation Survey

 

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
  • Athletics


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!

* 1. How would you best describe your affiliation with Seattle Public Schools?

* 3. Please indicate the number of ELEMENTARY age students you will have enrolled in Seattle Public Schools in the 2016-17 School Year (which begins September 2016)

* 4. Which school(s) will your ELEMENTARY age student(s)  attend within Seattle Public Schools? 
(if you answered ‘0’ in question 3, select N/A; Otherwise, select all that apply)

* 5. Please indicate the number of MIDDLE SCHOOL age students you will have enrolled in Seattle Public Schools in the 2016-17 School Year (which begins September 2016)

* 6. Which school(s) will your MIDDLE SCHOOL age student(s) attend within Seattle Public Schools? 
(if you answered ‘0’ in question 3, select N/A; otherwise, select all that apply)

* 7. Please indicate the number of High School age students you will have enrolled in Seattle Public Schools in the 2016-17 School Year (which begins September 2016)

* 8. Which school(s) will your High School age student(s)  attend within Seattle Public Schools? 
(if you answered ‘0’ in question 3, select N/A in the first option; otherwise, select all that apply)

* 9. Do your students currently participate in the school’s Breakfast program in the 2015-16 school year?

* 10. For the upcoming 2016-17 school year, please estimate the frequency that your child(ren)will  participate in the Breakfast program?

* 11. Do your students currently participate in the school’s Lunch program in the 2015-16 school year?

* 12. For the upcoming 2016-17 school year, please estimate the frequency that your child(ren) will participate in the School  Lunch program?

* 13. For the 2016-17 school year, will your family need childcare services either before or after school?

* 14. If you answered yes to #2, what services will your family need:

* 15. If you require before school care, how many hours do you need?

* 16. If you require after school care, how many hours do you need?

* 17. If before or afterschool care is not available at your child’s/children’s school what are your options for before/afterschool care?

* 18. If SPS and partners were able to expand before or after school activities, what types of services and programs would you like available to your child/children?

If your child(ren) participate in athletics in Seattle Public Schools...

* 19. What school based sports activity does your student participant in during the school year 
(select all that apply)

* 20. I would prefer that practice be held...

* 21. Given that most secondary schools are starting an hour later, what is the best time to open courts and fields to non-SPS activities? (Currently, courts and fields open to booking at 5:30pm)

* 22. If lights were added to existing outdoor facilities used for student athletics, would you and your family feel comfortable with participating in activities later into the evening?

* 23. How do you feel about the quality of the facilities used by student athletes?

* 24. How is/are your child(ren) transported to Seattle Public School athletic events at your HOME games?

* 25. How is/are your child(ren) transported to Seattle Public School athletic events at AWAY games?

* 26. Are there other ways the district can support your family related to the bell times changes?

* 27. Are there other ways the business community and city can support your family related to the bell times changes?

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