Explanation: Encouraging students, parents, and staff to follow pertinent laws while walking and bicycling is good practice. All modes of travel have risk. Studies show that the health benefits of active transportation far outweigh the risks. Nonetheless, children will be safer if they have mastered traffic safety rules, whether they’re on a school field trip, with a family member, or on their own. Their understanding of traffic rules and corresponding behavior is critical for their safety in navigating public spaces such as street crossings and sidewalks, especially on the way to and from school. To ensure predictability and safety, all road users, including bicyclists and pedestrians, should follow local, regional, and state laws.
Option 1: District strongly encourages school personnel, students, and families to follow all state and local traffic laws and related safety guidelines while traveling to and from school.
Do not include this element in my policy.
Legal Note: A note of caution. School districts that “require” everyone to follow all traffic and safety laws may unintentionally subject themselves to potential liability. If a district requires everyone to follow certain rules, and the district fails to take some action to ensure that everyone is following such rules, or fails to respond when someone does not follow a rule, the district could be held liable in case of an injury. Accordingly, the district should encourage everyone to follow traffic safety laws, but should not require them to do so.