Spring is the season to walk or bike to school!

As we head into spring and school returns to full time for many, there has never been a better time to walk or bike to school. If you live too far to walk the whole way, consider parking further from the school and walking the last 15 minutes.

Here are some tips from Newton Safe Routes to School:

  • Join with neighbors and others on your route to set up a Walking School Bus.

  • Find your PTO website and join your PTO Directory to connect with others you could walk or bike with.

  • Park & Walk maps identify crossing guard locations, “blue zone” vehicle drop-off areas, and suggested areas to park and walk over to the school.

  • Look for an email from your principal with detailed information on arrival and dismissal procedures. Additional doors will be open to enable physical distancing on the way into school.

  • Check out transportation resources for each of the Newton high schools and middle schools

Walking and biking can boost students’ health, physical activity, and even their concentration in school. Many students will benefit from a chance to move their bodies before entering into a school environment that is more physically structured than before.