Update: a reader sent me this info from yet another district, North Clackamas
The current 2014-15 North Clackamas school hours are:
Elementary School: 7:45 for 10 schools, 8 am for 4 schools & 4 schools at 8:15 > this would be very early for kids on free and reduced lunch
Middle School: 9:30 – 4:10
High School 8:35-3:10
Note that North Clackamas bus their high school students which is why the elementary school students start so early — to free up buses for the high school runs. I think they essentially have a 3-Tier system, but they weren’t familiar with that concept. (Seattle Public School high school students that qualify for transportation are issued Metro bus passes. However, school bus transportation is provided for special education high school students.)
I asked about the late start for middle school, if there are truancy issues for example or parents complaining about getting reluctant scholars to school and they said no, the biggest complaint is too early a start time for elementary school.
There are no plans to change the schedule next year. They have using this schedule for 10 years.