Safety on the way to and from school is certainly a big aspect of our everyday life – whether your kids are walking, cycling or have to be driven, we want to make sure that every aspect of it keeps your kids safe while they are on the road.
With the districts’ decision made to start with distance learning for the first quarter, we will be updating this site when the time comes to come back to school to inform you what programs the Roy Cloud SRTS program can offer this year. We will be working with the city/county to make sure that should things like walking school bus, bike safety training be happening this year, all COVID-19 safety standards will be followed.
Please check back here mid-October when we hopefully have a good idea which of the programs can happen and which ones not. What you can do today:
- review the walking school bus routes below. Are some of them close to your home and you are interested in walking? Please fill out the questionnaire to put yourself on the interest list!
- The green route currently has no dedicated adult – are you interested in walking one day or several days a week with some of the kids – multiple parents can arrange to alternate! Please let us know via the questionnaire.
- take the save driving pledge! Please go to the questionnaire and pledge to always drive at speed limit around school and pay attention to walkers/bikers
Click here to download your copy of Walking to School Safety Tips
The simple act of walking to school provides a wealth of benefits. By joining neighbors and classmates on the indicated mornings, you and your children can get exercise, build community, increase test scores, and take care of the environment.
The walking school bus runs on a schedule along established routes rain or shine. The bus is led by adult volunteers wearing bright orange jackets, vests or hats. Students can walk with it from the beginning of the route or get picked up along the way. Parents are welcome, but not required, to join the walk. Parent volunteers are the engine behind the Walking School Bus! Volunteering is easy and rewarding. Just let us know what time you usually leave your house and the route you take to school and we will help find other parents to share the route with you.
Questions? Contact Heidi Von Briel.
Routes and Timetables
The Orange route leaves from the north side of Eden Bower at 7:40am and walks along the North Side of Farm Hill Blvd. The route walks up Cambridge Rd before turning into Bret Harte/Emerald Hills/Red Oak Way
- Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday
- Parent Volunteer: Katie Machemer
The Blue route leaves Glennan Drive and Country Club Drive by 7:53am and stops at Glennan Drive and Bret Harte Drive at 8:00am.It arrives at Roy Cloud around 8:10am
- Schedule: Fridays
- Parent Volunteers: Heidi Von Briel and Alison Oldford
The Green route meets by Wilmington Way and the Temple entrance at 7:50am and the then Bret Harte Drive and Edgecliff at 8:00am.
- Schedule: Fridays
- Parent Volunteers:open – please fill out the questionnaire if you walk along that route! Shortening of the route based on your location is always possible
Walking School Bus FAQ
What is the schedule?
Each route has its own schedule. Check the maps for a detailed schedule. All routes run on Friday mornings, rain or shine.
How will I find the bus?
Our adult volunteers wear a bright orange jacket, safety vest or hat, which makes them pretty easy to spot!
Can my child go alone?
Parents are welcome to join their child on the walk, but they are not required to do so! All children in grades K-8 are welcome. It is at the parent’s discretion to determine if their child is ready to participate.
Is there a route near me?
There are 3 routes that currently serve Roy Cloud. The Green route begins on Wilmington Way. The Orange Route begins at Farm Hills Blvd. and Emerald Hills Road. The Blue route begins on Glennan Dr. and Country Club Drive.
No route near you?
Volunteering is easy. Tell us the time you normally leave your house and we’ll create a custom route for you and help you find other parents to help. Questions? Contact Heidi von Briel.
Why should I participate?
Increased physical activity, weight reduction, improved test scores, improved mood, a stronger community, a healthier environment, less traffic congestion, and a less stressful Friday morning!
Does my child have to walk the entire route?
No. You can meet the bus anywhere along the route. Safe transfer is very important so we ask that parents ensure their children are safely in the care of the adult volunteer. Volunteers are not responsible for children between their home and the designated Walking School Bus (WSB) pick-up points.
What if I am running late?
Our volunteers cannot wait for children because it will make them arrive late to school. Like a regular school bus, if you “miss the bus”, it is your responsibility to get to school. To avoid missing the bus, students can be waiting on the route (much like we waited for the school bus when we were children) before the scheduled bus time.
How should I prepare my child?
Make sure your child has a solid understanding traffic safety. You also should be clear that participating in the walking school bus is contingent upon staying close to the adult volunteer and listening to his/her directions. For safety reasons, children who do not follow the volunteer’s direction will lose the right to participate.
How do I volunteer?
There are many ways to support this program! You can volunteer to lead a route, help to identify and eliminate physical barriers, keep watch if a route passes your house or slow down when you drive. Together we can contribute to a successful program and safer community! If you want to volunteer, contact Heidi von Briel.
Golden Sneaker award
A few times every year we award the class with the most sustainable modes of transportation over a period of time with the Golden Sneaker award. This will be presented to them during the morning assembly the Thursday after. Watch out for announcements about Golden Sneaker competitions in the Thunderbolt and in the morning announcements.
A formal San Mateo County Golden Sneaker Competition is held during the last week of February and first week of March.
Last school year for the first time we had bike safety training for our 3rd and 4th grade students – after hearing about safety they cycled along a bicycle concourse to put the learned skills into practical use.
For 2019/2020 this was not possible due to the pandemic, but hopefully for 2020/2021 we will be able to do this again — stay tuned!
You don’t live within walking distance?
Are you tired of doing the ride to Roy Cloud several times every day?
Not sure if there is a neighbor near by with the same schedule?
Fill in your information in the questionnaire here and we will try to match you with a neighbor in your region that you can contact to carpool with!!
Even if you are not ready to walk or cycle to school, you can help making the roads around Roy Cloud safer in signing the safe routes to school safety .
Neighborhood Pace Car Pledge
By joining the Roy Cloud Neighborhood Pace Car Program, you can play a significant role in creating safer neighborhood streets for our kids to walk or bike to school.
Not only do Pace Cars set an example of obeying the speed limit, they also set the pace for other vehicles driving behind them.
So start setting the pace! Join other Roy Cloud parents by pledging to do the following:
- Drive within the posted speed limit
- Stop at all Stop Signs
- Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks & smile at them
- Be courteous to Bicyclists and other motorists
- Leave enough travel time to practice courtesy and safety
- Turn off your engine when stopped for more than 10 seconds, especially in the parking lot and on hot days
- Choose to drive less by walking, bicycling when possible to reduce traffic congestion, save money, and improve the environment
- Encourage others to join the Pace Car program
… and I will try to do all that EVEN IF I’m IN A HURRY
Ready to take action? Fill in the questionnaire and put your name on the pace car driver list!!
Pace Car Pledge
“I pledge to drive within the posted speed limits; stop at all stop signs and red traffic lights; yield to pedestrians in crosswalks; be courteous to bicyclists and other motorists; leave enough travel time so I don’t rush; choose to drive less; and to encourage others to take the Pace Car Pledge.”