This Online Toolkit for the Maine Walking School Bus Program was developed to provide your local school and community with the information you need to launch, grow, and maintain a daily Walking School Bus (WSB) initiative. These tools are a result of daily WSB work from elsewhere in Maine and across the country – special thanks to the PedNet Coalition in Missouri, the Iowa and Minnesota Safe Routes to School Programs, and the Arizona Dept. of Transportation for sharing materials.
Please feel free to use and modify these materials as you wish, whether or not your school’s program is funded through the Maine Walking School Bus Program (a partnership of Maine Center for Disease Control, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, and the Maine Department of Transportation).
Feasibility of a Daily Walking School Bus Program for Your Site
- Interested in starting an informal daily Walking School Bus route in your neighborhood? Please see here for organizing information and tips. And please let us know if you start one!
- Interested in a more formal, school-based daily WSB program? Please use the Maine Walking School Bus Program application as an assessment tool to help your community self-determine if you have the school culture, support and physical setting to start a program. If it looks like a good fit, then you can start working on the next section: Organizing a Formal, School-Based Walking School Bus Program.
Start-Up Tools for Formal, School-Based Walking School Bus Programs
- Organize Your School’s WSB Support & Team
- Your WSB Policies, Procedures & Budget
- Volunteers & Equipment
- Student Participants & Families
- Route Planning
Templates & Sources
- Maine Walking School Bus Program Application (program & walkability feasibility assessment)
- WSB Team Overview & Guidance
- Position Description for the WSB Coordinator
- General WSB Program Policies – recommended policies and procedures in PDF and Word
- Volunteer Walk Leader Position Description (PDF) (Word)
- List of Potential Sources of Volunteers & Outreach Ideas
- Recruitment Poster
- Recruitment Rack Card for Volunteers
- Volunteer Interest Sign-Up Sheet (PDF) (Word)
- Sample Volunteer Interest Online Form (Google Form)
- Volunteer Interest Paper Form (PDF) (Word)
- Checklist for Equipping Volunteers (PDF) (Word)
- Volunteer Training (Please contact Maine WSB Program for PowerPoint)
- Volunteer Training Sign-In Form (PDF) (Word)
- Online survey to check-in with previous volunteers
- Letter home to parents/guardians (PDF) (Word)
- Parent/Family Rack Card
- WSB Recruiting Poster
- Student WSB Registration Form (PDF) (Word) (Online)
- Safety & Behavior Policies & Emergency Protocol (PDF) (Word)
- Student Behavior Commitment Form (PDF) (Word)
- WSB Volunteer Scheduling Scenario
- Parent Survey on Walking and Bicycling (National Center for SRTS)
- Student Travel Tally (National Center for SRTS)
- NOAA Windchill Chart
- Student In-Class Travel Tally
- Parent Survey on Walking and Biking to School
- Sample Walk & Bike to School Policy (PDF) (Word)
- Incident Report Form (Word)
For more information about Walking School Buses and the Maine program, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
- National Center for Safe Routes to School – http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
- National Partnership for Safe Routes to School – http://saferoutespartnership.org/
- Webinar Training: The Walking School Bus Program: A Primer and First Steps, created by the National Center for Safe Routes to School in partnership with PedNet Coalition, is available online at http://apps.saferoutesinfo.org/training/walking_school_bus.
- The Walking School Bus Guide – http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/walking_school_bus/index.cfm
- Resources for Liability Concerns: