Edmonds School District announces new 75-minute early release schedule for 2023-24 school year

The Edmonds School District announced on Tuesday that starting in September 2023, all schools in the district will be having weekly early releases.

Each Friday, schools will be let out 75 minutes earlier than they are the rest of the week. For example, if a student’s current dismissal time is 3:50 p.m., on Fridays it will be 2:35 p.m.

The district said that the weekly 75-minute early release Fridays provide more consistency for families and staff when it comes to a set weekly schedule than the district’s current early release schedule. The weekly releases will replace the 10 half-day early releases offered throughout the school year, with the exception of the last day of school and elementary conferences in the fall.

Currently, the Edmonds School District offers before- and after-school child care options for families and is meeting with child care partners to discuss the upcoming early release Fridays and options they may have for families. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

Contact Harmony Weinberg at weinbergh683@edmonds.wednet.edu with any questions regarding the upcoming schedule changes.

  1. Frankly I don’t see this as anymore than further disruption of parental lives. More balls to juggle. Frankly kids need to be spending more time in school how that is structured should be the question? Hate to see the rest of the world produce the brightest minds.

  2. I think this is a fantastic idea. As it is, Shoreline School district has their dismiss 100 minutes early on Wednesdays and there is no issues. Families are able to plan for it, and then there isn’t the disruption of random half days or days off throughout the year. Consistency is key. Jim, you clearly don’t understand how child development.

    1. Just keep thinking that as our peers continue to produce kids that out perform ours and are in high demand in high paying jobs around the world and we continue to import them from other countries because few of our kids can make the cut.

  3. I would be interested to hear feedback directly from parents with school age children in the district regarding this change.

  4. Whether it’s the current half-day release schedule or this proposed early release schedule, it’s disruptive no matter what. At least with this proposed every Friday option it becomes consistent to where parents can plan their own work schedules appropriately and it generally works better for alternate pick-up contacts, and the kids get to stay in school for more than 3-hours in comparrison to the randomized half-days.

    It also means it’s an excuse to kick-off Friday happy hour a little earlier than usual, because lets be honest, once the kids are home, no work is getting done, ha!

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