Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Helping students get physically active while taking cars off the road.
Virginia's Most Outstanding Crossing Guard
Congratulations to Joe McDonald at Coates Elementary!
Not all heroes wear capes: some hold a stop sign paddle and greet kids on their way to and from school. This is why we celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day every February and recognize a few select crossing guards who are truly the most outstanding.
A good crossing guard can help start everyone's day off on the right foot, so let's make sure they get the recognition they deserve! Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is officially February 12, 2020, so perhaps you want to prepare some early Valentines. But don't feel tied to that day: plan a celebration whenever it works for your community. You'll find lots of ideas on the Virginia Safe Routes To School web page to show your crossing guards that you appreciate what they do for your school community. Thank you cards, flyers and stickers - it's all there!
About Safe Routes To Schools
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs help students get physically active while taking cars off the road. Over the past four decades:
- The percentage of students who walk and bicycle to school has declined from 48 percent (1969) to 13 percent (2009).
- The percentage of parents using Kiss and Ride has increased.
- Traffic conditions around many schools has gotten worse making it more difficult for student walkers and bicyclists to get to school.
Originally a federally funded program, SRTS is now in schools in every state. Safe Routes to School can:
- Educate students on pedestrian and bicycle safety.
- Help students reach the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
- Help students arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
- Reduce traffic around schools.
- Improve air quality around schools.
About 30 percent of our elementary and middle schools take part in SRTS programs. The goals in FCPS are:
- To increase the number of schools participating.
- To increase the number of students who take part in safe walking and biking activities.
Middle School Safe Routes to School video contest winner!