Planning Considerations for Walking and Rolling to School in Fall 2020


Around the US, school is going to look different this fall. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, school districts and states are considering several variations of in-school and at-home learning. In-school learning might include staggered arrival/dismissal times, rotating schedules with different students attending on different days and other options to limit contact. To meet physical distancing requirements, school bus service may also look different and may result in increased private vehicle congestion on streets near the school or families walking or biking to school who have not done so in the past. Parents will have a high priority for both their children’s health and emotional well-being, as well as balancing the demands of their work and other responsibilities. This document describes the benefits of including walking and biking to school in fall school re-opening plans and addresses four main planning questions.

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