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    Would you like to see more of these programs? What downside(s) would you anticipate?
    School Districts Using ?Walking School Buses? To Fight Childhood Obesity, Improve Attendance


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    We do this on "Wednesday Walk Days," and sometimes we have competition days where the neighborhoods to the north, south, east, and west of the school each try to get the most kids walking to school. It's great fun for the kids, and I think it does get their brain & body revved up for learning, not still waking up when school is starting. Not all of the buses have a single volunteer the whole way; sometimes one parent will accompany the kids for a few blocks, then another takes over, then another, until the kids get to school. It takes some coordination but it's nice for those of us who can't devote an hour walking to school before moving on with our day.

    I don't understand why that one district in Missouri dropped its proram for "funding issues." What is there to fund??? And why is there a waiting list? It's not like there are only X number of seats on a real bus. Color me confused...
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    Sounds great to me. Can't think of any downsides.

    Wouldn't really work where I am but I think it sounds great for places where it would work.

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    That would work great in my neighborhood. We do something like that, sometimes, but not quite so officially.
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    I can see a downside if a school dist was counting on volunteers to facilitate this. We have some AMAZING volunteers at my school, but they do have lives, and jobs of their own so they are not always available.
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    The major problem I would have with this, is making it safe. At the school district my husband worked at a 6 year old boy just got ran over and killed by a school bus. He dropped a toy and ran in front of the school bus to get it. How many adults would you need to keep that many children walking along side the road and not darting out into traffic? Are all of those adult background checked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    The major problem I would have with this, is making it safe. At the school district my husband worked at a 6 year old boy just got ran over and killed by a school bus. He dropped a toy and ran in front of the school bus to get it. How many adults would you need to keep that many children walking along side the road and not darting out into traffic? Are all of those adult background checked?
    I don't think walking to school feels particularly more dangerous than riding a bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I don't think walking to school feels particularly more dangerous than riding a bus.
    If you had 30 kids per 1 adult, then I think it would be.

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    A school bus holds about what? 70 kids+? a driver has to watch the road, handle any discipline and make sure kids are safe.

    I think this is a great idea in places that it can be done. I couldn't do that here as the schools are too far and we also have no sidewalks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    The major problem I would have with this, is making it safe. At the school district my husband worked at a 6 year old boy just got ran over and killed by a school bus. He dropped a toy and ran in front of the school bus to get it. How many adults would you need to keep that many children walking along side the road and not darting out into traffic? Are all of those adult background checked?
    If kids aren't running in front of school buses already, I don't see how this would change things. A couple of adults for a group of kids would be fine. That's a terrible story about the little boy but it doesn't mean all kids are running out into traffic. In our area, a ton of kids walk to school with their parents, and meet up with other kids along the way, and form larger packs as they go. It isn't really all that different.

    And I don't need all the parents background checked to walk a group of 15-20 kids to school. The only situations that might require it would be one-on-one situations, not a huge group.

    Seriously I would trust pretty much any parent of my kids' friends to walk them to school, whether or not I really know them.
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