District Task Force

Explanation: One of the benefits of Safe Routes to School is the opportunity to encourage collaboration among stakeholders and branches of government that do not traditionally interact. The Safe Routes to School District Task Force (“Task Force”) can build partnerships and ensure the cooperation and participation of all stakeholders.  A Task Force typically meets quarterly and includes the school district, city and county agencies, and community groups working together to allocate resources and funding, contribute to programs and curriculum development, nurture partnerships, and serve as an advisory committee for challenges encountered in implementing Safe Routes to School. The Task Force’s roles and responsibilities should not be confused with school-specific teams, which are called School Teams.

Option 1: District shall establish a Safe Routes to School District Task Force (“Task Force”) to develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) that address Safe Routes to School planning, funding, and policies. Specifically, the Task Force shall undertake the following:

  1. Evaluate the current policies and resources that support or inhibit safe and convenient active transportation to or from school;
  2. Ensure that Safe Routes to School resources are distributed equitably across District schools and that any prioritization takes into account, among other things, personal and  traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues uch as free/reduced lunch status, and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  3. Promote Safe Routes to School throughout District;
  4. Identify and pursue available funding (federal/state grants and other sources) to support Safe Routes to School; and
  5. Evaluate the efficacy of District’s Safe Routes to School policies, programs and activities.
 
Rating: 
2

Option 2: District shall establish a Safe Routes to School District Task Force (“Task Force”) to develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) that address Safe Routes to School planning, funding, and policies. Specifically, the Task Force shall undertake the following:

  1. Evaluate the current policies and resources that support or inhibit safe and convenient active transportation to or from school;
  2. Ensure that Safe Routes to School resources are distributed equitably across District schools and that any prioritization takes into account, among other things, personal and traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues such as free/reduced lunch status, and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  3. Promote Safe Routes to School throughout District;
  4. Identify and pursue available funding (federal/state grants and other sources) to support Safe Routes to School; and
  5. Evaluate the efficacy of District’s Safe Routes to School policies, programs and activities.

The Task Force shall be composed of a wide array of diverse stakeholders, including representatives from as many of the following entities as appropriate: School Board, Superintendent’s Office, District Transportation Department, District Risk Management Department, Department of Public Health, individual schools, students, families, local elected officials, your jurisdiction agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the your jurisdiction transportation department, public safety department, etc., and the active transportation community and other relevant community-based organizations.

 

Rating: 
3

Option 3: District shall establish a Safe Routes to School District Task Force (“Task Force”) to develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) that address Safe Routes to School planning, funding, and policies. Specifically, the Task Force shall undertake the following:

  1. Evaluate the current policies and resources that support or inhibit safe and convenient active transportation to or from school;
  2. Ensure that Safe Routes to School resources are distributed equitably across District schools and that any prioritization takes into account, among other things, personal and traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues such as free/reduced lunch status, and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  3. Promote Safe Routes to School throughout District;
  4. Identify and pursue available funding (federal/state grants and other sources) to support Safe Routes to School; and
  5. Evaluate the efficacy of District’s Safe Routes to School policies, programs and activities.

The Task Force shall be composed of a wide array of diverse stakeholders, including representatives from as many of the following entities as appropriate: School Board, Superintendent’s Office, District Transportation Department, District Risk Management Department, Department of Public Health, individual schools, students, families, local elected officials, [custom:jurisdictions] agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the [custom:jurisdiction] transportation department, public safety department, etc., and the active transportation community and other relevant community-based organizations.

In the first year of its formation, the Task Force shall meet every two months. Thereafter, it shall meet quarterly.

Rating: 
3

Option 4: District shall establish a Safe Routes to School District Task Force (“Task Force”) to develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) that address Safe Routes to School planning, funding, and policies. Specifically, the Task Force shall undertake the following:

  1. Evaluate the current policies and resources that support or inhibit safe and convenient active transportation to or from school;
  2. Ensure that Safe Routes to School resources are distributed equitably across District schools and that any prioritization takes into account, among other things, personal and traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues such as free/reduced lunch status, and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  3. Promote Safe Routes to School throughout District;
  4. Identify and pursue available funding (federal/state grants and other sources) to support Safe Routes to School; and
  5. Evaluate the efficacy of District’s Safe Routes to School policies, programs and activities.

The Task Force shall be composed of a wide array of diverse stakeholders, including representatives from as many of the following entities as appropriate: School Board, Superintendent’s Office, District Transportation Department, District Risk Management Department, Department of Public Health, individual schools, students, families, local elected officials, your jurisdiction agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the your jurisdiction transportation department, public safety department, etc., and the active transportation community and other relevant community-based organizations.

In the first year of its formation, the Task Force shall meet every two months. Thereafter, it shall meet quarterly. 

The Task Force shall coordinate with School Teams to solicit and evaluate feedback on the efficacy of Safe Routes to School policies, programs, and activities at individual schools.

 

Rating: 
3

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