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Proposed New School Schedules Beginning Fall 2019

Mead School District is committed to ensuring high levels of learning and growth for every child.  Since your child is at the heart of every decision we make, our district is proposing an improved weekly schedule in 2019-2020 that will add more time for student contact and teacher collaboration.

As part of our transition to new 6th-8th grade middle schools, we studied different school schedules that have the greatest impact to improve student learning.These schedules are academically responsive and reliably researched. We firmly believe that adding time for student contact and teacher collaboration is the best way to improve learning.


School Level

Current Schedule

Proposed Schedule

Five Days

Per Week








9:10 am

9:00 am

9:30 am



3:20 pm

3:20 pm

3:20 pm

Middle School Begin

8:15 am

8:05 am

8:35 am

Middle School  


2:30 pm

2:30 pm

2:30 pm

High School


8:10 am

8:00 am

8:30 am

High School


2:35 pm

2:35 pm

2:35 pm


Please complete the Proposed School Schedule Survey:

Mead School District Elementary Parent Survey


Frequently Asked Questions

How will the weekly schedule change?

Students will arrive 10 minutes earlier on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Students will arrive 30 minutes later on Wednesday to allow for more collaboration time for teachers.  This schedule adds 20 minutes of student contact time per week.

When will school start each day?

High Schools will start at 8:00 am (8:30 am on Wednesdays).  
Middle Schools will start at 8:05 am (8:35 am on Wednesdays).  
Elementary Schools will start at 9:00 am (9:30 am on Wednesdays).

When will school end?

All schools will end at the same time they currently do:  High School at 2:35 pm, Middle School at 2:30 pm, and Elementary at 3:20 pm.

Won’t teachers have less time with their students since this is a late start on Wednesday?

This schedule will actually increase student contact time because students start 10 minutes earlier four days per week.

How will this impact my family schedule?

School transportation will change to accommodate the new schedule. Families that use child care and other transportation in the morning will need to let providers know that school starts earlier four days a week while it starts later one day per week.  School will end at the same time as this year.

How will this benefit my student?

In addition to more class time every week, students will also benefit when teacher teams collaborate to better meet the individual needs of each child.  Using a cycle of continuous improvement, teachers will better ensure growth and learning for your child.

What do teachers do during late starts?

Teams of teachers review essential standards, learn new instructional methods, create common assessments, analyze student results, find ways to help struggling learners, and develop supports for accelerated learners.  In short, teams of teachers concentrate on improving student learning in specific and effective ways.

Is this a result of the financial emergency?

No.  The idea of a late start came out of the research done by a group of district educators looking at the most effective practices that improve student learning.  While the new schedule may save the district some money, the main reason for the change is to better meet the individual needs of each child.


Is there a cost to the district?

While there may be a few expenses associated with this change, we anticipate an overall savings with this new schedule because more professional development for our teachers will be embedded into the school week.  This will also allow teachers to remain in classrooms more rather than be pulled out for professional learning.

Why can’t this be done in the current schedule?  Why do teachers need additional time?

The current schedule does not allow enough dedicated time for teachers to participate in the effective activities of a learning team in addition to their many other duties.  Research from the Institute of Education Sciences found that teachers need at least 30 hours of dedicated time for professional learning per year to impact student learning.  The new schedule will provide that dedicated time embedded into the school week.


Do other districts have schedules that ensure collaborative time for teachers?

Yes, most do.  In fact, Mead School District is the only district in the Spokane area that does not run a late-start or early-release schedule.

Mead School District Elementary Parent Survey