Thurgood Marshall bell times in 2017-18 will switch to 8:55 a.m. and 3:25 p.m. weekdays except most Wednesdays, Seattle Public Schools has announced. The District formalized the times on June 15 after the Seattle City Council voted to provide $2.3 million in funds to support a “two-tier” bus schedule (rather than the previously planned and less expensive three tiers).
The school day for all students will be 20 minutes longer than in 2016-17. However, 75-minute early dismissal on virtually all Wednesdays will result in that school day ending at 2:10 p.m. One exception is Sept. 6, the first day of school, which will end at 3:25.
The third tier of school start and end times had been considered a hardship for many families. The final two-tier 2017-18 bell schedule reflects changes that address possible loss of high school instructional time, maintains the current school start times for many elementary and K-8 schools, and eliminates the third tier ensuring that all students begin school by 9 a.m.
In an original version of the two-tier plan, TM (and most elementaries) had been slotted to start at 8 a.m. After the latest tweaks to the schedule, most elementary schools will start at 7:55 and finish at 2:25. Please consult the SPS website for full information.