School start and end times changed for the 2018-19 school year as a seven-period schedule was implemented for high school students.

A School Start Time Advisory Committee comprised of staff and parents from elementary, middle, and high school levels is continuing work in 2018-19. Due to Advisory Committee membership attrition and changes, we added members for this year’s work, including two middle school principals, two Lake Washington Schools Foundation trustees/parents, and two elementary school office managers, and two Preschool teachers.

The district recognizes that some families have had to make changes in child care arrangements to adjust to the new schedule. This Advisory Committee will use their time this year to learn about the effects of these changes, both intended and unintended, and make recommendations for the district to consider.

At this time, LWSD is not planning to make changes to the current start/dismissal times for the 2019-20 school year.

In 2018-19, the focus of the Advisory Committee will be to:
Administer two online surveys, one per semester to gather staff and parent feedback on start/dismissal time impacts
Analyze survey feedback to understand the impact of start/dismissal time changes
Use the feedback to determine how far and how fast we make any further changes to start/dismissal times in the future
The first survey will be open between November 7 and 26. You will find the link here: