School Start and End Times Team
In May 2019, we formed a team to begin studying and considering changes to the start times for all our schools. This team expects to provide a recommendation to the school board in January 2020. The earliest we could see a districtwide change to start times would be for the 2020-21 school year.

Team Charge
Provide a recommendation to the school board that considers:
     - Research on adolescent sleep findings
     - Experiences of other districts
     - Benefits to students
     - Implications for families and district operations
     - Input from stakeholders

Team Membership
The team includes parents/community members, staff and administrators representing schools across the district, including all levels (elementary, middle and high school). View members


Meeting Updates
Updates will be added chronologically below, leading with the most recent developments.

Meeting #2  June 19, 2019
After a brief review of its work from the first meeting, the team watched and discussed a report regarding the University of Washington's research on Seattle School District's start time changes. Students reported sleeping an average of 34 additional minutes, as well as a 4.5% increase in academic achievement. 

The team also spent some time in a behind-the-scenes look at student transportation. This included an overview of how routes are scheduled to transport almost 8,000 students on a daily basis.

Finally, the team spent some time on an activity: facts we know, facts we think we know, and questions we need to answer. The team was given a "homework assignment" to work on for the month of July and will meet again in August. 

School Start and End Times Presentation #2
Sleepfull in Seattle (video)

Meeting #1  May 23, 2019
School Start and End Times TeamDuring the first meeting, 
David McVicker and Franklyn MacKenzie welcomed the team together and thanked them for their participation. The work will be complex and important for our students.

After the welcome and introductions, the team reviewed its charge, timeline and process. They watched a short video in order to get a grounding in some of the science behind sleep in adolescence. Next, they worked on a process to think about all the areas to consider as they work through this effort. This document of considerations will grow as they study the possibilities of changing start times.

Finally, the team reviewed the timeline and meeting schedule, emphasizing the importance of communication within the district as well as with the community.

The team will meet again on June 19. The agenda will include a discussion on research findings and a "Transportation 101" session to learn more about the complexities of busing students across the district. 

- School Start and End Times Presentation #1
- Sleep Wellness and School Start Times (video)