Back-to-School Reminders

  • Launch Conferences

    The 2023 - 24 school year begins with Launch Conferences on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Launch Conferences allow students and families to meet their teacher(s), gather information on meals, busing and more, and get a preview of the school year.

    There will also be grab-and-go breakfast and lunch available at launch conferences for students enrolled in SPS. Breakfast will be available from 8 - 10 a.m. and lunch from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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    First day of school and school hours

    The first day of school for grades 1-12 is Tuesday, Sept. 5.

    Kindergarteners will start on an A/B rotation through Sept. 11:

    • Sept. 6: Group A
    • Sept. 7: Group B
    • Sept. 8: Group A
    • Sept. 11: Group B

    All kindergarteners will attend school together starting Sept. 12. This schedule allows kindergarten teachers, students and families to connect and start the school year strong.

    Note: The A/B groups will be determined and communicated by the individiuals schools. Schools will also schedule kindergarten Launch Conferences.

    Find the SPS school year calendar here.

    School day hours for the 2023-24 school year will be (Tues - Fri):

    • High school and Libby: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Middle school: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Elementary school: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Late-start Mondays

    calendar Starting Sept. 11, students will begin their school day one hour later each Monday, which allows teachers time to work with colleagues around student learning and supports.

    Yellow Bus Transportation

    Spokane Public Schools partners with Zum Services Inc. to provide transportation for approximately more than 800 special education students and 4,000 regular education students traveling 9,000 miles daily.

    Find information on yellow bus transportation and register here.

    STA service for high school students

    After a successful partnership last year, SPS and Spokane Transit Authority will partner for the second year in a row to offer a transportation option for high school students.

    There are STA options for high school students living outside the 1.5-mile walk zone radius, as well as high school students living within the 1.5-mile walk zone radius. High school students living outside the 1.5-mile walk zone radius who also live in an area without sufficient STA service will be able to ride a yellow bus or van to their school.

    Find more information here.

    Free meals for all students!

    meals All SPS students can get a free breakfast and lunch each school day this year. All families are asked to complete the Community Eligibility Provision Family Income Survey (CEP FIS) to ensure school funding is maintained for essential programs. Students who qualify can get added benefits like waived sports & testing fees, and many others. 


    health All students must have current immunizations or a certificate of exemption on file before school starts. If your student needs medication or a treatment administered at school, a new health care plan is required every school year. Students will be excluded from school until all required documents and medication(s) are in place.

    Learn more about immunizations here.



    Taking a Spokane Public Schools student device home accepts all terms and conditions detailed in the Laptop Checkout Agreement. Laptop Insurance is no longer needed as we have purchased Accidental Damage Insurance for student devices. Fines and fee schedule is documented in the new Laptop Checkout Agreement.

    This year, students in middle and high school will check out laptops for use at home. Elementary schools will decide when laptops should be checked out to students. Please check with your student’s school if you have questions about laptop checkout.

    Extracurricular Activities

    Learn how students can be involved in sports, the arts, school clubs and more!drama masks

    SPS Extracurricular Activities

    First-day photos

    photo When you share your first day of school pics, remember to tag @SpokaneSchools on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

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