Explanation: Safe Routes to School programs and activities encourage physical activity, bolster student safety, reduce traffic congestion at the beginning and end of the school day, and even have been shown to improve students’ concentration. School districts that do not explicitly support Safe Routes to School through clear policy language can inadvertently discourage walking, bicycling, and other forms of active transportation. Providing supportive language within school district policy ensures that all schools will promote and plan for Safe Routes to School programs and activities.
Option 1: District supports Safe Routes to School programs and activities because active transportation can:
- Increase physical activity levels for students,
- Improve student health,
- Decrease automobile congestion and related danger of injury to students,
- Reduce air pollution and related greenhouse gas emissions,
- Reduce costs related to busing, and
- Improve attendance rates and student achievement.
District further supports efforts to increase participation in Safe Routes to School programs and activities in those schools with the fewest resources, and among low-income students, students with health challenges, and those with physical and mental disabilities.
Do not include this element in my policy.