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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.



Challenges Facing Our District

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Regional growth contributing to increased congestions.

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Serving rural, suburban and urban neighborhoods.

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Coordination challenges between two counties, three cities and multiple agencies.

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Larger geographic area compared to Lake Washington and Seattle School Districts.

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While other King County schools are declining in overall enrollment, we are growing.

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Shifting bell schedules to meet changing graduation requirements.

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Region-wide shortage of qualified bus drivers.

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Bus fleet constrained by a single distribution center.



How do we get from here to there?

Fall 2019

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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.

Fall 2020

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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


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Step 3: Monitor and Adjusts

  • Mix of ages on a bus
  • Student walking distance
  • Eligible riders
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Step 4: Review Current Policies

  • District program needs
  • Cross-district travel

Step 5: Evaluate Proposed Solutions

  • Software
  • Bus optimization tools
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Step 6: Districtwide Analysis


Step 7: Districtwide Implementation


Start Time Task Force

The Start Time Task Force worked to identify the best options to meet the directive of Resolution 714, which mandated a high school start time no earlier than 8 a.m. by the 2017-18 school year. Learn more about the Task Force...



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