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 planned 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.
    • To request a Walking School Bus at your school, contact Kersey and talk to your school.
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Benefits!

    • Minutes of physical activity increased!
    • Community involvement
    • Learn safe walking tips
    • 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!

Safe Walking Tips!

  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

Register your student for the
Walking School Bus!

Click Here to Complete the Student Registration Form!

Documento de registro para el Walking School Bus

  • Students need to register before joining the Walking School Bus
  • Registered students can join at the designated meeting location or along the route
  • Students can participate by walking or rolling with their scooter or skateboard, along with their helmet

Walking School Bus Routes

Current Schools Enrolled:

  • High Lakes Elementary Walking School Bus: Returning Wednesday, September 11th
    • Wednesday before school
    • Meet at the corner of Silas Drive and Labiche Lane, Departs at 7:30AM
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • Juniper Elementary Walking School Bus: Returning Wednesday, September 4th
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
    • Meet at Pinewood Apartments on Neff and Purcell, Departs at 7:15AM
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • Lava Ridge Elementary Walking School Bus: Returning Wednesday, September 4th
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
    • Meet at the Corner of Wagontire Way and Cascade Village Drive, Departs at 7:15AM
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • Pine Ridge Elementary Walking School Bus: Returning Tuesday, September 10th
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday before and after school
    • Meet at Corner of Powers Drive and Elkhorn Street, Departs at 7:15AM
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • R.E. Jewell Elementary Walking School Bus: Returning Tuesday, September 10th
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
    • Meet at South Entrance to Mobile Home Park on Parrell and Knightsbridge, Departs at 7:10AM
    • Click Here to view walking route

These schools are COMING SOON:

  • Bear Creek Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Meet at Ariel Glen Apartments, Departs at TBD
    • Click Here to view to walking route
  • Elk Meadow Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Meet at Brookswood Market in from of CE LoveJoy’s Market, Departs at TBD
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • La Pine Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Meet at The Senior Center, Depart at TBD
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • Madras Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before school
    • Meet at Willow Creek Apartments on Oak St, Departs at TBD
    • Click Here to view the walking route
  • Ponderosa Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Meet at Corner of Bilyue Way and Mimosa Drive, Departs at TBD
    • Click Here to view walking route
  • W.E. Miller Elementary Walking School Bus
    • Meet at Snap Fitness, Departs at TBD
    • Click Here to view walking route

Leaders

Take me to the Leader Application

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.

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.

Volunteers

Take me to the Volunteer Registration Form

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.

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.

Contact

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