Seattle parents raise concerns about proposed bell schedule

Seattle public schools wants to hear from parents before the district changes school schedules, again.

Seattle parents are raising concerns about proposed schedule changes for Seattle Schools next year.

The district needs to add 20 minutes to the school day in order to give teachers one hour per week of collaboration time. This change is part of the collective bargaining agreement between Seattle schools and the Seattle Education Association.

The district has come up with six options:

  • Shift earlier and early dismissal. 
  • Shift earlier and late arrival. 
  • Shift later and early dismissal. 
  • Shift later and late arrival. 
  • Split time and early dismissal. 
  • Split time and late arrival. 

You can find details about all the options at the bottom of this story, or click here.

Liane Claassen says she is left juggling multiple schedules. "It is complicated for us because I have to be here to get my girl to school and I have to be at Greenwood to get my boy to school at the same time."

The changes come just one year after Seattle Public Schools changed start times. 

Parents like Marina Gray are tired off the changes. "Not only are we impacting our families this year by a big change now we are going to do it again next year. So everybody who scrambled to figure out childcare and schedules and coverage and get their kids sleep schedules shifted are now going to have to go through that again."

To give you an idea of the proposed changes, here's what option one looks like:

The schedule changes could create some challenges for parents and work schedules.

Under option one, some students would start school as early as 7:35 a.m. and early dismissal would come as early as 1:05 p.m.

Option four has some schools not starting until 10:35 a.m. most days of the week, and some students wouldn't get out of class until 4:25 p.m.

"I mean when you think about kids playing soccer or having afterschool activities suddenly now you are pushing 4 o'clock," says Gray. "You have to rush a kid off to an afterschool activity and try to get dinner and homework and everything else done and you are pushing into the 9, 10 o'clock hour once you are done with everything."

You can weigh in on the six options by taking the survey on the district's website.

Printed surveys are also available at schools and have been translated into six languages.

All surveys most completed or turned in by October 21.


Copyright 2016 KING


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