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Seattle schools open Wednesday Sept. 14!

District provides info on school meals, transportation and more

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
  • 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.


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