Back-to-School Reminders

  • Launch conferences

    The 2022 - 23 school year begins with Launch Conferences on Sept. 1 and 2. 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. 6.

    Kindergarteners will start on an A/B rotation through Sept. 12:

    • Sept. 7: Group A
    • Sept. 8: Group B
    • Sept. 9: Group A
    • Sept. 12: Group B

    All kindergarteners will attend school together starting Sept. 13. This schedule allows kindergarten teachers, students, and families to connect and start the school year strong.

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

    Find the SPS school year calendar here.

    School day hours for the 2022-23 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. 12, students will begin their school day one hour later each Monday, which allows teachers time to work with colleagues around student learning and supports.

    STA service for high school students

    Like many districts across the nation, Spokane Public Schools reevaluated its transportation model and service options to address the ongoing bus driver shortage. After a careful review of new boundaries, routes, and stops, the SPS School Board made the decision for SPS toConnect card form a partnership with Spokane Transit Authority (STA) for increased high school ridership.

    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 Pandemic EBT, 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. Students do not need the COVID vaccine to attend school.

    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.

    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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