Walk to School Day and Other Promotional Activities

Explanation: Encouragement activities celebrate the many benefits of engaging in active transportation to and from school and give students the opportunity to try out fun and healthy behavior in the context of school-sponsored events and activities. This policy encourages schools to use promotional events to build support for Safe Routes to School programs and activities. 

Option 1: District supports events that encourage students to engage in active transportation to and from school and that promote active, healthy lifestyles for the community at large. Events may include Walk to School Days, Bike to School Days and School Walk-a-Thons.

Rating: 
1

Option 2: District supports events that encourage students to engage in active transportation to and from school and that promote active, healthy lifestyles for the community at large. Events may include Walk to School Days, Bike to School Days and School Walk-a-Thons.

District shall promote an annual Walk to School Day and/or Bike to School Day event for those schools wishing to participate. District shall support additional individual school efforts to conduct events that promote active transportation to and from school.

Rating: 
2

Option 3: District supports events that encourage students to engage in active transportation to and from school and that promote active, healthy lifestyles for the community at large. Events may include Walk to School Days, Bike to School Days and School Walk-a-Thons.

District shall promote at least two active transportation events per school year at all District schools. District shall support individual schools in establishing ongoing events that promote active transportation to and from school.

Rating: 
2

Option 4: District supports events that encourage students to engage in active transportation to and from school and that promote active, healthy lifestyles for the community at large. Events may include Walk to School Days, Bike to School Days and School Walk-a-Thons.

District shall promote at least two active transportation events per school year at all District schools. District shall further require that individual schools establish year-round activities that promote active transportation to and from school. District shall partner with individual schools to promote the events and activities and, if needed, shall provide training on Safe Routes to School encouragement activities. 

Rating: 
2

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