The Cohoes City School District, in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Partners Community Health Programs, is launching a new Walking School Bus for students who attend Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill.
The Walking School Bus (WSB) is a group of children walking to school together with adult supervision. Students are picked up at their front door by the WSB coordinator.
Adult volunteers join the “bus” as needed.
The WSB concept was developed to provide children a safe, consistent system to walk to school on a regular basis, even when traffic, weather, and crime are concerns.
The benefits of a WSB program are centered on students’ health and wellbeing. Participating students are physically active before school, walk safely in groups, arrive on time for a nutritious breakfast, learn pedestrian safety and safe routes to school. On top of all of these health and safety benefits, the WSB is an opportunity for children to socialize with their classmates and have fun.
Secondary benefits of the WSB include less traffic congestion around the school, extra time for parents in the morning hours, reduced air pollution, a shared sense of community among parents, students and the members of the surrounding community.
How safe is the Walking School Bus?
The WSB only operates along safe routes with proper crosswalks, traffic signs and sidewalks. The program allows children of all age groups to participate.
The WSB coordinators and all volunteers are vetted with a full background check, and trained on proper pedestrian safety.
The Coordinator and volunteers will pick students up right at their front door and will stay with them until arriving at school. As more students participate, more volunteers will be included on the “bus.”
The WSB operates during most non-severe weather conditions but you will be notified in reasonable time in the event of cancellation. Proper equipment will be used to ensure that the coordinator, volunteers and children are visible in any weather conditions. Please dress your children accordingly.
The coordinator will assign pick-up times for each house to ensure prompt arrival at school and allow enough time to eat breakfast each morning because “Every Minute matters.” Studies show that physical activity and a nutritious breakfast helps children stay alert, focused and ready to learn.
A registration form went home with all students at the beginning of the school year. If you missed it, please reach out to your school’s secretary.
Call for volunteers
The WSB is only successful with consistent and reliable parent volunteers! If you would like to give about an hour of your time (Pick-ups are between 7:45-8:45 a.m.) on any or all days of the week, please consider joining the team! The program begins Monday, October 9.