later start times for teens

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Help Improve School Start Times in Seattle

1 Apr , 2017  

Seattle Public Schools could optimize start times for all students next year, but we need your help! This will take two minutes of your time.

If we don’t do this we could end up with start times moving in the WRONG direction! The City needs to hear from as many people as possible by April 24.  So act now!

Please copy and paste the message below and send it to the email addresses below. Or write your own. This is a quick and easy way to ask the City of Seattle to help fund a shift to two start times instead of three.

Elementary students will start at 8:00 AM and middle/high school students will start at 9:00 AM. This would give our kids the benefits promised by volumes of research on brain functioning and sleep needs for children and teens. We took the first step when we committed to later start times for teens in 2014. However, the current three tier bus system means very early start times for elementary students and very late start times for most of our K-8s.  Next year, requirements to lengthen the school day will mean earlier starts for all students.  Two tiers will prevent this and ensure optimum start times for all. For more details here’s the SPS Bell Times flyer.

A shift to two optimum start times will result in a one time cost of $2.3 million. This is where you can help, but it won’t cost you a dime!

The City of Seattle anticipates collecting $14 million from school speed zone violations in the next two years. Some of this money can and should be used to ensure the safety and well being of Seattle students. The City of Seattle recommended later start times for elementary students to ensure their safety. It makes sense to use a portion of these funds to cover that.

Please email these key people and request that the Seattle Department of Transportation fund this initiative? Simply copy and paste the message below or write your own.

council@seattle.gov, Dwane.Chappelle@seattle.gov, scott.kubly@seattle.gov

Please send one to Mayor Ed Murray using this link: Contact the Mayor Web Form.

Dear Seattle leaders,

Please support Seattle Public Schools by allocating $2.3 million to the transportation costs of the Bell Times Initiative, as well as $367k to continue the Crossing Guard Program — effective this coming school year.

It’s my understanding that Seattle anticipates collecting $14 million from school speed zone violations in the next two years. A portion of these funds can and should be used to ensure the safety of Seattle students. Your own committee recommended a start time no earlier than 8AM for elementary students. Based on ample research Seattle Public Schools has determined that shifting to two start times is in the interest of the safety, success, and well being of all our students.

As a Seattle resident and parent I ask that you use the speed zone camera funds as they were initially intended — to benefit our students.

Sincerely,

Seattle Parent

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