Safe Routes To Schools
The SRTS Program is federally funded, created under Section 1404 of the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).
The purpose of SRTS is to:
- Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to use active transportation to school.
- Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age
- Facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety, reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near schools
School Events for 2020-2021
School teachers and administrators are encouraged to visit this Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) link at https://www.virginiadot.org/programs/srts.asp to learn more about:
Student Travel Tally Week September-October
Walk to School Day October 7, 2020
Bike to School Day May 5, 2021
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day February 10, 2021
Quick Start Mini Grants to encourage active transportation and more:
Not sure where to start?! Access the Safe Routes to School Starter Kit
Virginia Health Standards of Learning, pertaining to pedestrians, walkers, bus riders and bike riders:
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s)
Pertaining to Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
K.1. k Pedestrian, bike, bus, playground safety practices.
K.2.e Identify positive physical activity options and benefits of being physically active every day.
K.2.f Describe alternatives to screen time.
K.2.k Describe how safety choices can prevent injuries (e.g., bike helmets).
K.3.e Describe ways to participate regularly in physical activity inside and outside of school.
K.3.k Describe common safety rules at home, school and community.
1.1.d Recognize that physical activity is a healthy form of entertainment.
1.1.h Identify safety rules and guidelines (bus, pedestrian, bike, other recreational equipment).
1.2.d Identify ways to increase physical activity.
1.2.h Explain why it is important to follow safety rules and guidelines for personal safety.
1.3.h Promote positive behavior ( bus, auto, bike, other recreational equipment).
2.2h Identify methods of responsibility (home, school, community).
4.2.j Explain health consequences for not following safety practices for recreational activities.
4.3 j Promote safety participation in recreational activities.
5.3.k Promote safety procedures school-wide.
6.1.m Identify strategies to prevent injuries during recreational activities.
7.1 f Explain concept of active transportation (walking, bike).
7.2 n Describe ways to maintain safe and healthy environments (school, home, community).
9.1 k Identify behaviors the contribute to injuries that may result in irreversible consequences.