All Seattle Public Schools will hold their first day of class Wednesday, including preschool and kindergarten according to a district release.
The Seattle Education Association (SEA), the union representing 6,000 teachers, and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) reached a tentative agreement late Monday night and union members voted to suspend the strike Tuesday making way for school to start tomorrow, September 14.
The district announced that this first day of school will not be an early release day. The district’s 75-minute early release schedule will begin next Wednesday, September 21.
On its website, the district posted the following information for families as they prepare to send kids off to class:
- Kindergarten and preschool students will start school on Sept. 14. Families of students who are in kindergarten and preschool will receive information from Early Learning about Family Connections meetings.
- Student meals at school will be available. The cost of lunch is $3.25 and breakfast $2.25 for elementary and K-8 schools. The cost for middle school and high school is lunch $3.50 and breakfast $2.50.Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to children in grades K-12 who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Schools with the highest levels of families who qualify will serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL students.
(If your student’s school does not appear on this list and you need assistance with student meal costs, apply for the 2022-23 Free and Reduced Lunch application.)Aki Kurose Middle School
Alan T. Sugiyama High School
Bailey Gatzert Elementary School
Broadview-Thomson K-8 Elementary School
Chief Sealth High School
Cleveland High School
Concord Elementary School
Dearborn Park Elementary School
Denny Middle School
Dunlap Elementary School
Emerson Elementary School
Franklin High School
Garfield High School
Graham Hill Elementary School
Highland Park Elementary School
John Muir Elementary School
Kimball Elementary School
Leschi Elementary School
Licton Springs K-8 School
Lowell Elementary School
Madrona Elementary School
Maple Elementary School
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Meany Middle School
Mercer International Middle School
Northgate Elementary School
Olympic Hills Elementary School
Olympic View Elementary School
Orca K-8 School
Rainier Beach High School
Rainier View Elementary School
Rising Star Elementary School
Roxhill Elementary School
Sand Point Elementary School
Sanislo Elementary School
Seattle World School
South Shore K-8 School
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Viewlands Elementary School
Washington Middle School
West Seattle Elementary School
Wing Luke Elementary School
At least for now, it won’t be possible to view the monthly lunch menus. Menus will vary from school to school for the first week. On the SPS website they explain: “Due to national shortages, the district is unable to tell school cafeterias which hot food options will be provided in advance. The district monthly menu has been paused because it does not provide up-to-date information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
- Transportation is available for students who are eligible for transportation services. Families should have received their route information. Please keep in mind during the start of school, families may experience some delays as traffic may increase in some areas. Read more about transportation services, including Orca cards for students and walk/bike to school resources. Starting September 1 all students in Seattle ride free on Metro, Sound Transit and other public transportation systems. For more about free youth transit passes check out “County passes free year-round rides for youth” at Seattleschild.com.
- Five (5) days will need to be made up during this school year. Students are required to attend 180 days of school. The teachers union and SPS will negotiate and select the dates together. Once agreed on, the district will send an updated 2022-23 school year dates notice to families and post them to the SPS website.
You can find additional information on the SPS Back-to-School Checklist webpage.