New Bell Schedules, 2017-18 School Calendar and Wednesday Early Release Days

Starting next year, there will be two tiers of bell schedules, and the school day will be 20 minutes longer. This change will result in more than two additional days of instruction for students. Changing to a two-tier bell schedule will eliminate the latest or third tier of school start and end times, which has been a hardship on many of our families.

The City Council voted June 14 to approve one-time funds to move us to this new schedule.

Contact your child’s school or email if you have specific questions regarding the bell schedule.

Click the links below to go to the school start and end time schedules. Complete list here:

Garfield Start and End Time—8:55 AM – 3:45 PM Early Release Wed.—8:55 AM – 2:30 PM

2017-18 School Calendar:

The full 2017-18 School Year Calendar is now available. The Seattle Education Association and the district negotiate the school calendar. To learn more about the calendar development process, please visit our School Year Schedule Update Announcement.

Early Release Days:

Next year, students and families will have a consistent weekly schedule of early release days. Students will be released 75 minutes early every Wednesday (except the first day of school). This schedule change supports teacher collaboration and instructional planning.