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					Walking School Bus

      Parent Pack


    Letter of Introduction
      Map of Bus Route
Walking School Bus Timetable
  Best Practice Guidelines
        Parent Roster
     Phone Contact List
    Parent Consent Form
Letter of Introduction


To all Walking School Bus families,

It is my pleasure to present you with your Walking School Bus Parent Pack.
In this pack you will find the following:

   a map of the route we will be using
   a timetable
   general information on how the WSB will operate
   roster
   a contact list
   a consent form. This MUST be returned before your child can use the
    walking school bus.

The walking school bus will begin a trial on [day/date], for a 2 week period. If
this proves successful we will continue on and make the walking school bus a
permanent fixture.

Yours sincerely,


WSB Route Coordinator
Map of Walking School Bus Route (example)
Walking School Bus Timetable

Please note this timetable is subject to change and will be modified as needed.

  No    Stop                                                   Morning     Afternoon

  1     Corner of Common St and Everyday St                  8.00 a.m.    3.30 p.m.

  2     Corner of Daily St and Everyday St                   8.05 a.m.    3.25 p.m.

  3     Corner of Weekly St and Everyday St                  8.10 a.m.    3.20 p.m.

  4     Outside the diary at 50 Everyday St                  8.15 a.m.    3.15 p.m.

  5     Corner of Annual and Everyday St                     8.20 a.m.    3.10 p.m.

  6     Everyday School (at the flagpole)                    8.25 a.m.    3.05 p.m.



Walking School Bus Best Practice Guidelines
Number of adults
There should always be two adults present on the bus – one as driver at the front of the
bus, one as conductor at the back. This may vary for buses with less than eight children.

Wearing sashes or vests
Adults must wear their sashes or vests in order to be identified and clearly visible.

Whatever the weather
The walking bus should take place whatever the weather – rain or shine! However, if your
children will not be walking owing to heavy rain, please contact the driver by 7.30 am or
2:30 pm to let them know – if it turns out that no-one will be using the bus it will save the
driver from a wet, lonely walk. If you are the driver on a wet day, you must go ahead if
you have not heard from everyone. If you do hear from all walkers that they will not be
using the bus, it would be a kindness if you could drive along the route just to double
check that no-one is stranded waiting for the bus.

The route has been finalised (please see enclosed map). This route must be adhered to
at all times. It will be reviewed after 4 weeks.

If any part of the pathway cannot be used due to a temporary blockage, e.g. roadworks,
parked vehicles etc, the adults will need to divert accordingly. If there are persistent
problems with a route these should be reported to (enter name) City Council.

Parents are responsible for their children’s safety to and from the designated “bus stops”.
Drivers and conductors must stay with the group on the authorised route. Both parties
must take care when children join and leave the bus.

Setting children's expectations
Parents should speak to their own children about road safety before permitting them to
join the Walking Bus but it is a good idea for the driver/conductor to give newcomers a
brief reminder about their behaviour.
Emphasise that children must listen to the driver and conductor and obey their
instructions – in particular in regard to stopping and crossing.

Driver in front, conductor at the back
The driver will be in the front leading the group and the conductor at the rear to ensure
there are no stragglers. No child should walk ahead of the driver or behind the conductor.
It is recommended to have the smallest and slowest children in front with the driver.

The children must walk along the pavement away from the kerb in an orderly manner,
and in pairs where possible, allowing other pedestrians to pass.

Crossing Roads

1. When you are ready to cross the road, choose a safe place away from parked cars.

2. When crossing, gather the children around you away from the kerb until you have
    decided it is safe to cross. It may be quicker and safer to cross them in a bunch, e.g.
    rows of 4 children.

3. Walk across looking and listening as you go.

4. When you have crossed safely, reform your group and continue your journey.

Remember that you are not empowered to stop traffic in order to cross.

If any driver stops to allow the group to cross it is vital that you check that other traffic is
aware of what is happening and has stopped before you step on to the road. There is
always the danger of other vehicles overtaking the stationary vehicle.

Flags will be provided to use to improve visibility.

At the school crossing, make sure the whole group is assembled at the crossing before
going across.
Parents’ Responsibilities

Parents must have completed a consent form before a child is allowed to travel on the
    bus. This form includes emergency contact details and an indication of when the child
    will use the bus. This information will be on the Route Register.

It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the driver of any change to their child’s regular
    travel pattern. For permanent changes, please contact the Route Coordinator so that
    the register can be updated.

Parents should ensure that their children understand how the bus operates and impress
    upon them the need to behave sensibly and obey any instructions given by the
    conductor or driver.

Parents are responsible for their children’s safety to and from the designated bus stops.

Parents must discuss with their child alternative procedures if they miss the bus for any

If your child is having a friend over to play, then their parents must write and sign a note
    giving their child permission to walk on the bus. If adult to child ratios are exceeded
    you may be asked to come and walk with the bus.

Children’s Responsibilities

Once the trial has been completed children will be issued with a bag tag that identifies
    them as members of the walking bus. Children are required to put these on the
    outside of their school bags.

Children must behave sensibly and follow instructions.

If for any reason a child misses the bus in the morning, they walk smartly up and join it if
    it is still visible; otherwise they must return home.

If for any reason a child is left behind after school, they must go to the school office and
    inform a member of staff.
Walking School Bus Parent Roster


   From date:               To date:

                  Morning              Afternoon





Walking School Bus Contact List

Name                Phone      Mobile        Children       Address        E-Mail

Joe Bloggs          444 4444   021 444 444   Ben and Jane   3 Everday St

Tama Rawene         555 5555   027 555 555   Awatea         7 Annual St
Walking School Bus Consent Form

I wish my child/children to use the Everyday Primary Walking Bus.

I realise that my child’s journey to and from school is still my responsibility even though they
will be using the bus.
I have read the guidelines and explained to my child the need for good behaviour.

He/she will join and leave at:
(which bus stop)

Please indicate your choice.

    My child will be picked up from the bus stop.

    I am happy for my child to make their own way to and from the bus stop.

Please print clearly:

Children’s name(s):



Phone no:

Work phone:


My child will be using the bus at these times (please tick):

    Monday              Tuesday             Wednesday              Thursday          Friday

    Morning (to school)                     Afternoon (home from school)

Signed:                                                                       (parent/guardian)


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