Seattle Public Schools kicks off week of community meetings on Tuesday to discuss a proposal that would change school start times to better accommodate teen sleep rhythms.
Seattle Public Schools will hold five regional community meetings beginning this week about proposed changes to school start times, starting Tuesday evening at Chief Sealth International High School.
In July, an advisory committee recommended that Seattle high schools and middle schools should start at least an hour later and most elementary schools should start 90 minutes sooner.
The committee spent seven months figuring out a schedule better suited to teen-sleep needs. Its recommendations, if approved, probably wouldn’t take effect until fall 2016 at the earliest.
Superintendent Larry Nyland has since modified those recommendations to eliminate the estimated $3 million additional cost for busing.
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The regional meetings give the public the chance to weigh in on the proposal before Nyland makes his final recommendation to the School Board. The board is scheduled to vote on the matter later this fall.
Staff will be available at all five meetings, which will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, Chief Sealth International High School library, 2600 S.W. Thistle St.
• Wednesday, Ingraham High School lunchroom, 1819 N. 135th St.
• Thursday, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School lunchroom, 6725 45th Ave. S.
• Friday, Washington Middle School library, 2101 S. Jackson St.
• Monday, Oct. 5, Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.