Video of the 'School Board Retreat' learning about and discussing start time updates
Start Times Technical Workgroup
Solving Transportation Challenges
This District is working aggressively during the 2019-20 school year to find solutions for our transportation systems and start times that will be implemented fall 2020. We have contracted with a transportation consulting company to investigate both short-term and long-term opportunities for improvement.
Regional growth contributing to increased congestions.
Serving rural, suburban and urban neighborhoods.
Coordination challenges between two counties, three cities and multiple agencies.
Larger geographic area compared to Lake Washington and Seattle School Districts.
While other King County schools are declining in overall enrollment, we are growing.
Shifting bell schedules to meet changing graduation requirements.
Region-wide shortage of qualified bus drivers.
Bus fleet constrained by a single distribution center.
Elementary schools begin between 9 - 9:30 a.m. and dismiss between 3:30 - 4 p.m. Middle schools begin between 8:30 - 8:40 a.m. and dismiss between 3:05 - 3:15 p.m. High schools begin at 7:30 a.m. and dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
No school starts before 8 a.m. and no school dismisses later than 4 p.m.
Step 1: Review Current District Data
- Number of students per school
- District size
- Percentage of bus riders
Step 2: Evaluate Proposed Solutions
- Time on bus per student
- Current routes and stops
- Time on road per bus
Step 3: Monitor and Adjusts
- Mix of ages on a bus
- Student walking distance
- Eligible riders
Step 4: Review Current Policies
- District program needs
- Cross-district travel
Step 5: Evaluate Proposed Solutions
- Bus optimization tools
Step 6: Districtwide Analysis
Step 7: Districtwide Implementation
Review of two scenarios and preparation for upcoming board study session.
Updates on program logistics and technology; analysis summary review
Review of Zonar and VersaTrans, as well as software program options
Study progress update, tier scenario development, scenario evaluation criteria, GIS application, Zonar data/visualization
Analyzed needs and data
Transpo Group presentation District research; Exploring RFID
As we continue to be challenged with our ability to implement healthy start times for all, we remain committed to working on ways to improve these times for all students.
The workgroup discussed principles, scope of work, project schedule and innovation.