School Start and End Times

Following up on the feedback and input received from our parents, staff, students, and community, the Issaquah School District is continuing to consider new school start and end times for the 2017-2018 school year. Superintendent Ron Thiele has committed to a decision on new start and end times by December of 2016. To begin this next phase of the process, the community is invited to attend informational meetings to learn and dialogue with District staff about the issues around changing our start and end times, including, sleep science studies, transportation, before and after school care, and the potential effect on athletics and activities.

The meetings will all be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 18: Briarwood Elementary Multipurpose Room, 17020 SE 134th St., Renton
  • May 23: Beaver Lake Middle School Commons, 25025 SE 32nd St., Issaquah
  • June 1: Issaquah High School Commons, 700 2nd Ave. SE, Issaquah 

Proposed 2017-2018 Bell Times

Regular Schedule M, T, TH, F

 

 

 Start

 Dismiss

 Elementary School*     

 9:10 am     

 3:35 pm

 High School

 8:00 am

 2:52 pm

 Middle School

 8:10 am

 2:35 pm

 * Grand Ridge time will need to be adjusted earlier to accommodate kindergarten students.

Wednesday Schedule


 

 

 Start

 Dismiss 

Elementary School      

 9:10 am      

 1:25 pm 

High School 

 10:10 am

 3:55 pm

Middle School 

 10:20 am

 3:30 pm

Parameters:

Minimum time between high/middle school and elementary school:

Morning:      

 1 hour

Afternoon:      

 40 minutes

Time necessary between high school and middle school: 10 minutes

Earliest start time:      

 8:00 am

Latest end time: 

 4:00 pm

 

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings, we would be pleased to receive your input via email at BellTime@issaquah.wednet.edu


2015 Thought Exchange Results

FAQ Thought Exchange Follow Up Document

Center for Disease Control’s Website

Afterschool Programs Make a Difference

Estimated Pickup/Dropoff Times New Proposal - Central

Estimated Pickup/Dropoff Times New Propsal - South

Estimated Pickup/Dropoff Times New Proposal - Plateau

 


Historical Information: 2015 

Adjusting School Start and End Times Under Consideration

The Issaquah School District has received numerous requests from parents and community members asking for a later start time for our high school students. In response, the Superintendent directed senior staff to study the issue from an operational and financial standpoint with the following parameters. 

  • School start and end times for all grade levels must occur between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • The tiered bus system, which saves hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, must be kept intact.
  • The change to the high school start time must be significant.
  • The costs associated with changing to later start and end times must be fiscally responsible. 

After careful study by the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Transportation in conjunction with District administrators, the following proposal has been put forth for consideration. 

Proposed Bell Times









 

Start 

Dismiss 

Elementary 

8:00 am

2:25 pm 

AM Kindergarten (M-F) 

8:00 am 

10:30 am 

PM Kindergarten (MTXF) 

11:10 am 

2:25 pm 

AM Preschool (MTXF) 

8:00 am  

10:31 am 

PM Preschool (MTXF) 

11:54 am 

2:25 pm 

ECEAP (MTXF) 

8:00 am 

11:00 am 

Headstart (MTXF)

10:55 am/11:30 am 

2:25 pm/3:00 pm 

 

 

 

Middle School

9:10 am 

3:35 pm 

High School  

9:00 am 

3:55 pm 

Wednesday Schedule 



 

 

Elementary 

8:00 am 

12:15 pm 

Middle School 

10:25 am 

3:35 pm 

High School 

10:10 am 

3:55 pm  



The District plans to make a decision by mid-March. The change is operational in nature, and therefore the decision of the District, rather than the School Board. The District will reach out to families, staff, and community members with an online forum called Thought Exchange in mid-January to gain feedback on the proposed start and end times. Public meetings will subsequently be held so that the District and the community can dialogue and discuss the pros and cons of changing the bell times.

If you are interested in communicating your thoughts, please send an email to BellTime@issaquah.wednet.edu. We will make certain you receive an invitation to participate in the online Thought Exchange. You may also sign up for the District’s E-News which will include a participation invitation to the Thought Exchange  and information on subsequent public meetings.

For information on the sleep studies and school start times being cited by parents and community members who are requesting this adjustment, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website.

Thought Exchange Results

Bell Times Study