What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) provides health, transportation, and academic benefits for students and schools. The Safe Routes to School movement works to make sure students can safely walk and bicycle to and from school and encourages incorporation of physical activity into daily routines. At the local level – in individual schools, school districts, cities, and counties – Safe Routes to School practitioners run education and encouragement programs with families and schools.
Waynesboro Public Schools in partnership with the Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth has initiated a Safe Routes to School program. Walkable neighborhoods are strong neighborhoods. Driving to the neighborhood school is often the convenient option. But driving to school creates congestion, carbon emissions and parking challenges, and keeps children from exercising their bodies and minds. SRTS is a framework for parents to join with teachers, school administrators and city officials to encourage active transportation to and from school.