Now, more than ever, walking and bicycling are great ways to maintain a healthy immune system and positive outlook during these difficult times.
Safe Routes is here for you, even when schools aren’t open
Dear Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program Partners and Champions,
What an unexpected turn of events. Just a month ago, we were in the middle of the Golden Sneaker Contest, gearing up for hand tallies, and looking forward to Bike to School Day. We stand with you in understanding that the coronavirus has forced a major change of course for your school and beyond, and our hearts go out to any student, teacher, parent or other members of the Safe Routes to Schools community who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing events.
We want to help Alameda County’s kids stay active and healthy during this challenging and unusual time. Now more than ever, walking and bicycling (at a safe distance of 6 feet apart, of course) are great ways to maintain a healthy immune system and positive outlook. As we approach the school year’s end, we encourage you to stay connected to our SR2S mission: “Healthy Kids, Safer Streets, Strong Communities.”
We have new online curriculum that works for home learning!
The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program is acting quickly to serve you and your students while home learning is the norm. We’ve spoken with teachers, parent champions and school districts, and we have started to roll out ready-to-use remote learning lesson plans and videos along with engaging and educational activities to get the whole family moving and enjoying the fresh air.
You can find our remote learning resources on a special page on our website. Right now, you'll find select lessons from our K-5 Educator Guide that are a great fit for at-home learning. We’ll keep adding more resources, like educational videos, online safety trivia, and family-friendly walks and bike rides to keep students learning while staying active. We’re also working on webinars for topics like how to fix your bike and how to travel safely, and our partners at Bike East Bay already have some great webinars up on their site.
If there is something you’d like to see for your students, or you have a great idea about walking and bicycling while sheltering in place, we’d love to hear it! Email us at staff@alamedacountySR2S.org.
Finally, we also want to stay connected with our School Champions! Safe Routes Task Force meetings will be held via Zoom in late April and early May. We'll focus on this spring’s above-mentioned activities and also look ahead to planning for next year. Just as important, keeping our Task Force meetings going will mean a chance for all of us who work on Safe Routes at our schools to stay connected, support one another and see each other smile!
Even while we all stay 6 feet apart, we can still enjoy the outdoors by going on bike rides with family!
The 2020 Golden Sneaker Contest is in the books
A huge thank you to the nearly 100 Schools that made healthy, active transportation choices as part of the 2020 Golden Sneaker Contest! While the end of the contest certainly went differently than planned, we hope you and your students still had fun with it!
We anticipate announcing the Platinum Sneaker winner once we have the data from our participating schools. When you have a moment, please do share the results with your site coordinator if you haven’t already!
Spring 2020: Let’s finish strong!
We hope that you and yours stay healthy and safe during these final weeks of the school year, especially with everything that is going on.
All of us at the Safe Routes to Schools Program are here for you. If you have any specific questions or concerns about the Safe Routes program, please contact us at at staff@alamedacountySR2S.org.
We look forward to engaging with you remotely and hearing about your creative ideas for carrying out the year’s remaining activities!
The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program is a program of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (alamedactc.org) and is funded with Alameda County's local sales tax Measure B, regional, state and federal funds.