Bellingham Public Schools

School Schedules

School Start and End Times for 2016-17


 *Elementary K-5

Start: 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal: 3 p.m.


*Middle Schools

Start: 9:15 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:45 p.m.

*YMCA before-and-after-school childcare and activities programs are available at our schools. Please call the YMCA at 733-8630 ext.106 or visit their website at for the Parent Information Handbook and registration form. Go to "Find a Childcare Site", then "Y's Kids Enrichment."


High Schools (Please check with your school for some flexible scheduling options.)

Bellingham, Sehome and Squalicum high schools

Start: 7:45 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:15 p.m.


Options High School

Start: 8:00 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:30 p.m.


All Schools Early Dismissal Times
Elementary Schools:  1:15 p.m.
Middle Schools:  12:15 p.m.
High Schools:  11:15 p.m.

Please click here to see the 2016-17 school year calendar with the early dismissal schedule.


School Start and End Times for 2017-18

Elementary K-5
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Middle Schools
9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

High Schools
8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.


Information regarding 2017-18 Start and End Times:

March 23, 2016 - Adjustments for School Start and End Times for 2017-18; Watch Video

March 10, 2016 - Please Watch Video: School Start and End Times

Nov. 19, 2015 - More Reflections on Start/End Times and Sleep (Blog)

Nov. 6, 2015 - Sleep and School Start and End Times Blog

March 19, 2015 - School Start and End Times, Budget Update

March 6, 2015 - Reminder: Input Needed on Proposal for School Start and End Times for Fall 2016

March 2, 2015 - Input Needed: School Start and End Times for 2016