School Teams

Explanation:  Safe Routes to School can encourage collaboration not only at the district level, but also at the school level.  Every school environment, including its surrounding neighborhoods, is unique.  School Teams that support Safe Routes to School can address these unique circumstances. The School Team, unlike the District Task Force, typically meets monthly and involves the PTA, principal, school health team, local law enforcement, relevant city staff, and community members (e.g. neighborhood association, nonprofit groups, local businesses, churches, etc.) working together to create a vision, allocate resources and funding, contribute to programs and curriculum development, nurture partnerships, and serve as the Safe Routes to School advisory committee for the school.  Strong leadership is key to the success of a School Team.  School Teams can also be a subcommittee of an existing group such as the PTA, safety council, school health team, or wellness team.  

Option 1: District shall encourage individual schools to establish a School Team focused on Safe Routes to School to implement school planning, funding, and implementation efforts for Safe Routes to School programs, taking into account the unique needs and circumstances of individual schools, their students, and surrounding neighborhoods and infrastructure. The School Team shall undertake the following:

  1. Identify existing school policies that support or inhibit effective Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure improvements; work with principal to build on supportive policies and improve negative policies;
  2. Develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) to establish and promote Safe Routes to School programs and activities in the school;
  3. In prioritizing project and program needs at school, consider, among other things, personal and  traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues such as free/reduced lunch status.[41], and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  4. Identify infrastructure challenges on school campus and in surrounding neighborhood and develop a plan to address them;
  5. Identify potential sources of funding, such as federal and state grants, to support the school-based Safe Routes to School program;
  6. Evaluate the efficacy of Safe Routes to School policies, programs, and activities.
Rating: 
2

Option 2: District shall encourage individual schools to establish a School Team focused on Safe Routes to School to implement school planning, funding, and implementation efforts for Safe Routes to School programs, taking into account the unique needs and circumstances of individual schools, their students, and surrounding neighborhoods and infrastructure. The School Team shall undertake the following:

  1. Identify existing school policies that support or inhibit effective Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure improvements; work with principal to build on supportive policies and improve negative policies;
  2. Develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) to establish and promote Safe Routes to School programs and activities in the school;
  3. In prioritizing project and program needs at school, consider, among other things, personal and  traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues such as free/reduced lunch status[41], and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  4. Identify infrastructure challenges on school campus and in surrounding neighborhood and develop a plan to address them;
  5. Identify potential sources of funding, such as federal and state grants, to support the school-based Safe Routes to School program;
  6. Evaluate the efficacy of Safe Routes to School policies, programs, and activities.

The School Team shall be composed of a wide array of diverse stakeholders, including representatives from as many of the following entities as appropriate: school administration, the PTA, teachers, families, the student body, neighbors, and your jurisdiction's agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the your jurisdiction's transportation department, public safety department, etc.

Rating: 
2

Option 3: District shall encourage individual schools to establish a School Team focused on Safe Routes to School to implement school planning, funding, and implementation efforts for Safe Routes to School programs, taking into account the unique needs and circumstances of individual schools, their students, and surrounding neighborhoods and infrastructure. The School Team shall undertake the following:

  1. Identify existing school policies that support or inhibit effective Safe Routes to School programs and infrastructure improvements; work with principal to build on supportive policies and improve negative policies;
  2. Develop and implement strategies grounded in the “Five E’s” (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) to establish and promote Safe Routes to School programs and activities in the school;
  3. In prioritizing project and program needs at school, consider, among other things, personal and  traffic safety concerns, crash data, infrastructure deficiencies, equity issues such as free/reduced lunch status[41], and existing and potential patterns of students walking and bicycling to school;
  4. Identify infrastructure challenges on school campus and in surrounding neighborhood and develop a plan to address them;
  5. Identify potential sources of funding, such as federal and state grants, to support the school-based Safe Routes to School program;
  6. Evaluate the efficacy of Safe Routes to School policies, programs, and activities.

The School Team shall be composed of a wide array of diverse stakeholders, including representatives from as many of the following entities as appropriate: school administration, the PTA, teachers, families, the student body, neighbors, and your jurisdiction's agencies responsible for traffic conditions and hazards, street infrastructure and design, and enforcement, such as the your jurisdiction's transportation department, public safety department, etc.

In the first year of its formation, the School Team shall meet at least monthly.  Thereafter, it shall meet as often as needed to accomplish the aforementioned tasks.

Rating: 
2

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