Walking School Bus

Fun, safe, physical activity for kids and families

walking to and from school.

A Walking School Bus is an organized group of students walking to and from school together on a planned route with an adult Leader. Much like a school bus, as the students walk towards the school, they can pick up more classmates along the way.

Walking to school just got easier for students and families in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson and northern Klamath counties through a new Walking School Bus program headed up by Commute Options. Read more in the Cascade Business News article from May 2017, and this coverage from The Central Oregonian in November 2018. A big thank you to the Central Oregon Health Council ‘s Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Prevention Workgroup for funding this new Commute Options program!

Lets Walk and Roll….

    • A Walking School Bus is a group of students walking or rolling to and from school on a planned route with a trained, adult Leader and volunteers!
    • The group will meet at a designated location and follow the suggested route
    • Meeting location and schedules for before and after school are set and communicated
    • Park and Walk. Live too far from school? You can drop off your student at your school’s meeting location.
    • Is there a Walking School Bus at your school? Contact kersey@commuteoptions.org or ask at your school office to find out.

Walking School Buses provide many benefits for students and families!

    • Minutes of physical activity increased!
    • Community involvement
    • Learn how to be safe pedestrians
    • Students arrive on time and engaged
    • Less congestion at arrival and departure times
    • Cleaner air around school
    • Support for families – children who need to walk can now walk with a group
    • Saving money on gas and time
    • Fun for students, families and the community!

Contact

Commute Options Walking School Bus and Volunteer Coordinator Kersey Marion  (541) 330-2647

Students

Students need to register before joining the Walking School Bus in your school neighborhood.

  • Registered students can join at the designated meeting location or along the route
  • Students can participate as a pedestrian or bring their bicycle, scooter, skateboard, etc. along with their helmet
  • Schools currently enrolled in the Walking School Bus program:
    • Bear Creek Elementary: Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • Meet at Ariel Glen Apartments, Departs at 8:15AM
    • Juniper Elementary: Blue Route! Mondays and Fridays
      • Meet at Pinewood Apartments on Neff and Purcell, Departs at 8:15AM
    • Juniper Elementary: Green Route! Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Fridays
      • Meet at Orchard Park, Departs at 8:15AM
    • La Pine Elementary: Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • Meet at The Senior Center, Depart at 8:30AM
  • Coming Soon:
    • Crooked River Elementary Walking School Bus
    • R.E. Jewell Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Sage Elementary Bike Train
    • Gilchrist School Walking School Bus
    • Ponderosa Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Pine Ridge Elementary Walking School Bus
    • High Lakes Elementary Walking School Bus : Volunteer Leader Registration Form
    • Lave Ridge Elementary Walking School Bus
  • Take me to the Student Registration Form
  • Documento de registro para el Walking School Bus

Contact Kersey Marion if you need a paper form to fill out.

Leaders

  • Commute Options trains and employs adults to guide students to and from school!
  • Leaders commit to a minimum of 1 school, 2 days per week.
  • Leaders meet students at the designated meeting location and walk with the students along the suggested route.
  • Adults must pass their school district’s background check and are then provided a thorough training from Commute Options.
  • Contact your school district to complete your background check and email the confirmation to Kersey Marion before proceeding.
  • Currently accepting applicants for:
    • Ponderosa Elementary
    • Pine Ridge Elementary
    • Crooked River Elementary
    • R.E. Jewell Elementary
    • Gilchrist School
  • Take me to the Leader Application

Volunteers

Support the Walking School Bus as a Volunteer! Assist the Leader when you are available. Volunteering is a great way to spend time with your children and the community. Walk with the group to and/or from school to provide additional support.

  • All volunteers must register before participating in the Walking School Bus.
  • Contact your school district to complete your background check and email the confirmation to Kersey Marion before proceeding.
  • Currently accepting volunteers for:
    • High Lakes Elementary : Volunteer Leader Registration Form
    • Ponderosa Elementary
    • Pine Ridge Elementary
    • Bear Creek Elementary
    • Juniper Elementary
    • La Pine Elementary
    • Crooked River Elementary
    • R.E. Jewell Elementary
    • Sage Elementary
    • Gilchrist School
  • Take me to the Volunteer Registration Form

Schools

  • Elementary and Middle Schools can have their own Walking School Buses
  • Commute Options will help initiate this free program for your students
  • Get your student clubs, parents and staff involved with event days, marketing within the school and the community and getting your Walking School Bus moving!

Contact Kersey Marion to find out how to get your school involved.

Organizations

Community Organizations can be a great partnership to bring Walking School Buses to neighborhoods! Your organization can recruit the children already using your facility to provide this free opportunity to them and their families.

A few examples of partners are:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Parks and Recreation Districts
  • Apartment Complexes

Contact Kersey Marion to find out how to get your organization involved.

Steps to become a safe pedestrian

  1. Stop at the edge of the curb
  2. Look left, right, and left again
  3. Wait for all vehicles to stop completely
  4. Cross when it’s clear
Walking School Bus Routes

Bear Creek Elementary: Click Here to view to walking route

Juniper Elementary: Blue Route! Click Here to view walking route

Juniper Elementary: Green Route! Click Here to view walking route

La Pine Elementary: Click Here to view walking route

R.E. Jewell Elementary: Click Here to view walking route

Crooked River Elementary: Click Here to view walking route