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Safe Routes To School - Engagement

SRTS partners with stakeholders including bike/ped committees, school/district task forces, and local law enforcement officials to promote engagement with the local community to support proper walking and bicycling behaviors are observed and followed in the vicinity of schools.
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Safe Routes to School Task Force Resources

A Safe Routes to School (SRTS) taskforce can streamline student transportation planning and help troubleshoot school and parent concerns by enlisting the expertise of school district, municipal, and parent stakeholders. Hosted by an individual school or at a district level, a SRTS taskforce can assist with the following: engineering/infrastructure evaluation and needs; communication and encouragement tasks; student, instructor, and parent/guardian education; procuring and placement of regulatory and informational signage; policy development; walking school bus/bike train formation, establishing park and walk/roll locations; and active transportation event participation.


Safe Routes to School Networking Calls

Have you ever been curious to learn more about what other MA Safe Routes to School (SRTS) communities are doing? Now you can! We are excited to provide a new platform where SRTS champions like you can connect to share ideas, troubleshoot problems, brainstorm solutions, learn about new SRTS resources, and grow their networks across the Commonwealth. We plan on holding three calls this school year, with each call focusing on a timely SRTS topic to be discussed within breakout rooms. We encourage municipal staff, school staff, alliance partners, community members, parents/guardians, and anyone else interested in Safe Routes to School to join us for these Networking Calls.

Click here to register for all upcoming network calls (and other events)

First SRTS Networking Call on August 25, 2021 (12:30 PM – 1:15 PM)

  • Topic: Arrival and Dismissal (Click here to view the meeting summary and resources)

Second SRTS Networking Call on November 10, 2021 (1:00 PM – 1:45 PM)

  • Topic: Engaging parents/guardians to help with SRTS programming (Click here to view the meeting summary and resources)

Third SRTS Networking Call on March 16, 2022 (10:00 AM – 10:45 AM)

  • Topic: TBD

Crossing Guard Resources

Crossing guards play an important role supporting our families’ safety as they access schools and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth. This first ever Annual Crossing Guard Appreciation campaign begins with a crossing guard of the year nomination process, followed by Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, and culminates with announcing the Crossing Guard(s) of the Year award winners at our Annual Safe Routes to School Awards Ceremony in June. The overall goal is to draw attention to and honor the hard work of crossing guards across Massachusetts and to recognize those crossing guards who go beyond. See below for current contest resources.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Resources

Other Crossing Guard Resources



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