Start of School Forms
Orca Bell Schedule
School Hours: 8:55 a.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Early Release Wednesday: 8:55 a.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Reminder Sept. 6 is not an early release Wednesday. Early release will occur every Wednesday except for the first week of school.
Back to School 2023-24
First Day of School
- 1st – 12th grade students Wednesday, Sept. 6
- Preschool and kindergarten students Monday, Sept. 11
Back to School Checklist
Please click the following sections below for general back-to-school information provided by the district. Additionally, please check with your student’s school for specific information.
Will your child be 5 by August 31? Will your family be new residents of Seattle? Then it’s time to enroll for next school year.Learn more about enrollment
Student School Assignment Lookup Tool
Students may apply to attend a school other than their attendance area school through School Choice. To view assignment information using The Student Assignment Lookup Tool.
You will need the student’s identification number and birth date to use the student assignment lookup tool. You can find your student’s ID number by signing in to The Source.
Have you moved? If you have recently moved it is important to update your address with Seattle Public Schools. If you do not update your address with the Admissions department, it may result in your student(s) being dropped at the end of the school year.
Read SPS student assignment and family move rules.
Child Find is a process to locate, identify and evaluate any child from birth to age 21 with an established or suspected disability. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students, and schools in the design of appropriate educational services and supports. Read more about Child Find.
504-2 Survey to Identify Students with Disabilities
Additional Services for Students Find information and links to many services that special education students may access, related topics, and related departments.
Complete the Student Data Verification form Sept. 6-30, 2023
The student data verification form enables parents and guardians to update their household and student information online. This form includes the important student health information, emergency and family contact information, and much more.
To access, log in to your Source account and select Student Data Verification form from the navigation menu.
Please note: student emergency and family contact information is also collected on the Student Data Verification Form, which is available during the month of September on the Source.
- Amharic Emergency Information and Student Release
- Chinese Emergency Information and Student Release
- English Emergency Information and Student Release
- Oromo Emergency Information and Student Release
- Somali Emergency Information and Student Release
- Spanish Emergency Information and Student Release
- Tagalog Emergency Information and Student Release
- Vietnamese Emergency Information and Student Release
Under FERPA, SPS may disclose appropriately designated “directory information,” unless you notify SPS in writing that you do not want the information released in accordance with the procedures outlined on the FERPA form.
If a parent/guardian would like to exclude a student’s information under FERPA, which includes district photography and video, they must complete and submit the FERPA form to their student’s school by October 1.
Notice of anticipated 2023-24 Surveys and parent/guardian rights
Anticipated 2023-24 surveys include:
- Check Yourself
- Healthy Youth Survey
- Student Climate Surveys
- Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Read more about the surveys and options for parents/guardians 2023-24 Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment Annual Notification of Rights.
Schedule immunization and physical appointments with your healthcare provider as needed. Check your student’s vaccination records or contact your health care provider to be sure your student has received all their required vaccines.
If you received a letter from Health Services about vaccines your student needs for school, please make sure they receive the immunization(s) listed in the letter. Send the immunization record to the school nurse or have your health care provider fax the record to the nurse. Learn more about student immunization requirements.
Authorization for Medications Taken at School and other Health Services forms are found on the department page.
Annual Student Health Information
This form is also available in The Source through the Student Data Verification Form.
Washington State law requires that parents/guardians of students in grade 6th-12th be provided information about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the availability of a vaccine.
2023-24 High School Course Registration Introduction
New this year, Seattle Public Schools created a document to help students and families navigate the high school course registration process!
The introduction guide is designed to help students and families make informed decisions as students plan for high school classes and beyond. This information is a complement to the information provided by high school counseling teams.
- Introduction to High School Course Registration – English
- Introduction to High School Course Registration – Amharic
- Introduction to High School Course Registration – Chinese
- Introduction to High School Course Registration – Somali
- Introduction to High School Course Registration – Spanish
- Introduction to High School Course Registration – Vietnamese
College and Career Planning with Naviance
Naviance is used to support our students in middle and high schools and their families. With Naviance, students can explore college and career paths, analyze skills and talents with career and personality assessments and develop plans to stay on track and reach academic goals.
Naviance Opt-Out Window Families that do not want their student to use Naviance can opt out by changing their preferences in the Source. The 2023 opt out window will be August 28 – September 29.
Indian Education Program Title VI (new students only, return only if applicable)
Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to those students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Additionally, Seattle Public Schools has several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students.
Learn more about SPS Student Devices
All students can receive an SPS device at the beginning of the school year.
Check out the Affordable Internet Program
Students and families in need of internet access should apply to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
iPad Student Forms
- Amharic iPad Form
- Chinese iPad Form
- English iPad Form
- Somalii iPad Form
- Spanish iPad Form
- Vietnamese iPad Form
Laptop Student Forms
- Amharic Laptop Form
- Chinese Laptop Form
- English Laptop Form
- Somali Laptop Form
- Spanish Laptop Form
- Vietnamese Laptop Form
Families: Sign up for your parent/guardian Source account
The Source displays student attendance, assessment sources, and progress reports. It is also how families can access School Pay to pay for student fees (ex. yearbooks and ASB cards).