TCSD #1 Offers Walking School Bus starting on September 5th.

Teton County School District #1 will offer a Walking School Bus (WSB) starting on the first day of school to help students and families walk to and from school safely and get there on time. The walking school bus route starts at Redmond and Cache Creek Drive and follows Redmond Street to Broadway. It will turn west on Broadway, continuing to Willow St. and then onto JES, stopping at 6 locations along the way.

The TCSD#1 Transportation Department has hired Walt Berling, WSB coordinator to  organize and manage the program with the assistance and advice of the County Pathways and the Friends of Pathways.  Walt was a teacher and coach for Teton County School District.  Walt coached nordic skiing for Jackson Hole High School for 28 years, cross country running for 14 years, and taught at TCSD #1 for taught 36 years.

A WSB is a safe and fun way for children to get physical activity as they travel to and from school with adult supervision. The “bus” walks along a set route with one or more adults, picking children up at designated stops along the way and walking with them to school. The process is reversed in the afternoons.

TCSD #1 Transportation Director, Ed Ahlum stated, “We are trying the WSB as a pilot program with the goal of providing safe passage to school, while ensuring the district more closely aligns with State transportation regulations in the face of decreasing funding. This is the first route to be implemented but, depending on how the program goes, the district will consider offering the program for the entire school year and adding other routes and other schools in the future.”

According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, physical activity and fitness boost learning and memory in children, and children that get more physical activity are more on task and fidget less. This is true for both girls and boys, and has been shown to be particularly beneficial for children who have the most trouble paying attention. Despite these benefits, the percentage of children walking or bicycling to school over the past 40 years has dropped precipitously, from approximately 50% in 1969 to just 13% in 2009.
 

MORNING PICK UP SCHEDULE

AFTERNOON DROP OFF SCHEDULE

7:45      Redmond & Cache Creek Dr

3:15     Jackson Elementary School

7:48      Redmond & Hall

3:20     Willow & Broadway

7:50      Redmond & Hansen

3:24     LDS Church

7:56      Redmond & Broadway

3:30     Redmond and Broadway

8:00      LDS Church

8:05      Willow & Broadway

3:37     Redmond and Hansen

3:39     Redmond and Hall

8:10      Dave Jackson Elementary School

3:42     Redmond and Cache Creek Dr

 

Parents and guardians within the walking bus area will receive information directly from the TCSD #1 Transportation Department in the coming days. If you are interested in getting involved in the program as a volunteer, or for more information, call the Transportation Department at 733-4943 or email Walt Berling, walterberling@hotmail.com. See www.saferoutespartnership.org for additional resources and information on walking and biking to school for kids.





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