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It’s The First Day Of School, Watch Out For The Kiddies

September 7th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Today is the first day of school for kids in Seattle Public Schools. Drivers should be extra careful as the kids make their way to and from school.

The district has a wide range of start and end times for elementary, middle and high schools. Many kindergarteners have only a half-day the first few days, so there will be lots of children out walking throughout the day.

B.F. Day will close at 3pm.

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New Transportation Plan For Upcoming School Year

August 24th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

After the implementation of the Student Assignment Plan, Seattle Public Schools is also changing the way elementary and K-8 students get to school.

The transportation map for Adams Elementary. Orange is the walk zone, yellow the bus zone.

The new neighborhood-based transportation system is expected to streamline bus routs for attendance-area students and get kids to their neighborhood school in 25 minutes or less. This change will also save an estimate $4 million by using fewer buses and less gas. “With more efficient routing, buses are less likely to encounter the traffic delays that occur on longer routes, so families will find departure and arrival times to be more reliable,” said Tom Bishop, SPS transportation manager. “In addition, the more streamlined routes will also benefit the environment by taking up to 80 buses off the roads and reducing the district’s carbon footprint.”

Students within the transportation zone, but outside the walk zone for a school will be eligible for district-provided transportation. There are an estimated 3,600 elementary students who live outside the new transportation zones. They will still be eligible for the following transportation:

  • Students who live within a half of a mile from the Transportation Zone boundary can walk to a yellow bus stop within the zone. Seats will be allocated on a space-available basis.
  • Community stops will be created so students can catch a yellow bus near an attendance area school and take it to another school.
  • Students who are no longer eligible for transportation will receive a guaranteed assignment to their attendance area school, if requested.
  • School bus routes will be assigned later this summer once all the students assignments are complete. Families should expect a letter later this month, prior to the start of the school year.

    For more information and to see the transportation zone for your school, click here. FAQ can be found here (.pdf)

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    Minor changes to new school boundary maps

    November 3rd, 2009 by Heidi

    The new school boundary maps have been released with some minor changes that affect Fremont families.  According to our sister site, MyBallard, the most-anticipated change is for Ballard High School.  
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    The new map shows the northern line remains NW 85th St, but the eastern line has moved from Aurora Ave to Greenwood Ave.  There will be two community information meetings to explain the rationale behind the maps.  The first is on November 5 at Roosevelt High School, and the second is on November 7 at Rainier Beach High School.  For times and locations, click here.

    The Student Assignment Plan (.pdf), which was approved in June, gave the district the go-ahead to outline boundaries around each elementary, middle and high school.  Under the proposed plan, students would be designated a school based on their home address.  District-wide open enrollment would no longer be an option. 

    The School Board will vote on the final boundary map on November 18.  If approved, the changes will take effect for students entering kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade in the 2010-2011 school year. 

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    Big turnout at school boundary meeting

    October 14th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

    Nearly 200 parents met at Ballard High School on Wednesday night at a community feedback meeting organized by the school district to discuss the new school boundary maps.

    The district said it’s planning on making an adjustment to the maps, which it will release on November 3rd. “I know that a lot of people in this room are not happy, but all I can tell you is that’s where the data lead us to,” said Tracy Libros, who heads up enrollment for Seattle Public Schools. “When you put all the numbers together of where the students live and where the buildings are located, that is where the first proposed boundaries, which do need adjustment, landed.” My Ballard was there and has full coverage here.

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    Proposed Student Assignment Plan released

    October 8th, 2009 by Heidi

    The Seattle School District released its proposed school assignment boundary map on Tuesday evening, drawing some mixed reaction.  The Student Assignment Plan (.pdf), which was approved in June, gave the district the go-ahead to outline boundaries around each elementary, middle and high school.  Under the proposed plan, students would be designated a school based on their home address.  District-wide open enrollment would no longer be an option. 

    This map outlines Fremont’s proposed elementary and middle school attendance area. 

    This is how the proposed high school boundaries look.  You can click here to look up all schools by address or to see a larger view of the maps. 

    The district’s plan is a return to a school assignment system that keeps students in their neighborhoods.  In doing this, not only would children be closer to home, they hope to save money by reducing the number of buses required to transport students across the city.

    B.F. Day Elementary School Principal, Susan McCloskey, likes the proposed changes.  “I like the idea of parents knowing where their kids are going to go to school.  This will really simplify the process.”  In addition she says, ”I love the fact that if you’re in BFD right now, you get grandfathered in until you graduate from 5th grade.  Siblings are the issue.” 

    Other concerns have been raised that the boundaries could impact the socioeconomic and racial diversity in schools, as well as have an effect on class size.  Principal McCloskey adds, “The only thing I’m worried about is I don’t want to lose that diversity, because right now we have two buses coming from the South end and the Central area.  I don’t know how that will shake out when the whole plan gets in place.  We’ll have to see.”

    There are several public meetings scheduled where communities can discuss and comment on the student assignment plan.  The next meeting in our area is on October 14 at Ballard High School from 6:30-8:30pm.  A complete list of meetings can be found here

    The School Board will vote on the proposed boundaries on November 18.  If approved, the changes will take effect for students entering kindergarten, 6th grade and 9th grade in the 2010-2011 school year. 

    Let us know if you’re affected by these changes in the comments below…

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    Rain garden planted at B.F. Day school

    July 18th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

    Volunteers gathered at B.F. Day school Saturday morning to finish up work on an innovative rain garden located in front of the school, just off Linden St.

    The garden was created under the direction of Stewardship Partners, a non-profit that helps landowners preserve the environment. B.F. Day volunteered for the project, the third so far.

    The rain garden will capture runoff from the school, dissipating and filitering the water while reducing sewage overflow during winter storms. “The more we can take out of the system the less we’ll have spillage into Puget Sound,” explains David Hymel, Stewardship Partners. Hymel said the Seattle School District is interested in following B.F. Day’s example at other schools. For more information on the rain garden project, visit here.

    Plus: See more photos, before and after, right here

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    3 ‘probable’ swine flu cases, school closes

    April 29th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

    Updated: Public health officials report three “probable” swine flu cases in Seattle, one being an 11-year-old boy who attends Madrona K-8. My Ballard reader Jennifer said the school started notification calls late Wednesday alerting parents of the possible case. “It is important to know that the student did NOT attend school during the time that he would have been contagious,” a message on Seattle Schools’ website explains. “Out of an abundance of caution, Madrona K-8 will be closed for 7 days.” All other schools remain open. Public health is not revealing where the other two ill people work or live, only to say it’s in the City of Seattle. All three people are improving. More details and swine flu information in this press release from public health, and we’ll keep you updated of any impact here in our neighborhood.

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