School Start Times Will Change in Fall 2017
The Northshore School District Board of Directors has reviewed the issue of school start times a number of times since 2008. (For the full outline of events and associated materials, see the Timeline.) In January of 2015, the School Board adopted Resolution 714. The resolution directs a high school start time of no earlier than 8 a.m. by the 2017-18 school year for implementation in conjunction with the opening of North Creek High School, grade reconfiguration and associated boundary adjustments. Resolution 714 also directed consideration of intermediate steps prior to the 2017-18 school year that may provide some levels of relief to current high school start time. The School Board directed the formation of a task force to guide implementation of Resolution 714.Task Force ResponsibilityThe task force is responsible for facilitating and implementing Northshore School District Board Resolution 714 including:
- Intermediate steps that may provide some relief to current high school start times earlier than the 2017-18 school year;
- A high school start time of no earlier than 8 a.m. by the 2017-18 school year in conjunction with the opening of North Creek High School, grade reconfiguration and associated boundary adjustments;
- A high school start time of no earlier than 8 a.m. by the 2017-18 school year as the primary driver of program and service levels that determine the district transportation system as plans are developed and implemented around the opening of North Creek High School, grade reconfiguration and associated boundary adjustments; and
- Adherence to start/dismissal time, program/service levels and fiscal parameters established by and/or acceptable to the School Board.
The task force members will serve through 2017-18, meeting regularly (two times monthly or more) during the school year.Task Force MembershipThere are 21 people, excluding the facilitator and ex-officio participants, on the task force, which includes representation from parents, district staff, one student and a community member. The parent/community member positions are voluntary, appointed by the School Board. (view list of task force members)