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
    • Crooked River Elementary: Mondays and Fridays
      • Meet at Davidson Park, Departs at 7:25AM
    • Juniper Elementary: Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • Meet at Orchard Park, Departs at 8:15AM – Begins November 27
    • La Pine Elementary: Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • Meet at The Senior Center, Depart at 8:30AM – Begins November 27
    • R.E. Jewell Elementary: Tuesdays and Thursdays
      • Meet at Parrell and Knightsbridge, Departs at 8:15AM, Begins December 4
  • Coming Soon:
    • 2nd Juniper Elementary Walking School Bus, 4 days per week!
    • Sage Elementary Bike Train
    • Gilchrist School Walking School Bus
  • Take me to the student sign up form.

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:
    • Juniper Elementary
    • Gilchrist School
  • Take me to the leader sign up form.

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:
    • Bear Creek Elementary
    • Crooked River Elementary
    • Juniper Elementary
    • La Pine Elementary
    • R.E. Jewell Elementary
    • Sage Elementary
  • Take me to the volunteer sign up 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

Crooked River Elementary: Click Here to view walking route

Juniper Elementary: Click Here to view walking route – 2nd route Coming Soon!

La Pine Elementary: Click Here to view walking route

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