What is it?
A walking school bus is a safe and fun way for children to get physical activity as they travel to and from school with adult supervision. Each “bus” walks along a set route with one or more adults leading it, picking children up at designated stops along a predetermined route and walking them to school. The process is reversed in the afternoons on the way home from school. It is that easy. You may find that families are already doing this with their children and would be delighted to help more students get to school in this healthy, safe and fun way!
The Benefits of a Walking School Bus
- Improved traffic safety habits and increased confidence for students through opportunities to learn about and practice road safety, inspiring confidence and independence.
- Increased daily physical activity, forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime, helping children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and decreasing the risk of chronic disease and obesity.
- Students are ready to learn, who are healthy, awake and alert, with better focus and concentration, which can improve academic performance.
- Solutions to transportation issues such as reduced or no bus service, dangerous traffic congestion at pick-up/drop off times, and student absences and tardiness due to transportation challenges.
- Increased family and community engagement, providing positive social opportunities for students, families, school staff, and community stakeholders, boosting a sense of community and improving neighborhood connections.
- A cleaner environment and fewer student asthma attacks by reducing air pollution from car emissions.
- Peace of mind for families whose children walk alone, especially young students or students with special needs.
- Savings on gas and money by replacing car trips to school with walking.
- It’s fun! Walking brings a sense of joy and independence.
To get a walking bus started for your school contact the principal; your school’s Parent Action Leader or call the Family and Community Engagement Office at 819-1977.