Walk & Roll Week
October 19-23, 2020
Every October, schools across the county--and the world--celebrate International Walk and Roll to School Day. This year to accommodate distance learning, Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools has turned this program into a week-long celebration. Students and families can participate in their neighborhoods or at home. You can join for one day, or participate all week long in a safe and physically distanced way.
Please find attached the flyer for this event, as well as your passport on which you can track your walking and rolling throughout the week. At the end of the week, students can submit the passport for a chance to win a prize! Each registered school will receive a prize and every student who participates will be entered into their school’s drawing. You can also fill out your passport online at https://airtable.com/shrBdld8kAo9Oh8X9 (schools are grouped by district, so keep scrolling to find Brookvale Elementary).
Why Should We Celebrate and Encourage Walking and Rolling to School?
- In one generation, the number of kids walking and bicycling to school has dropped from 71% to 18%.
- Transportation is responsible for nearly 40% of the Bay Area’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Seventy-five percent of California students are not able to pass basic fitness standards.
- Travel to school accounts for approximately 21% of all morning traffic.
- It is an easy way for children to get the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.
Walking and Rolling Safety Tips
Here are some Covid-19 Safety tips for students and families to keep in mind while walking and rolling:
- Always maintain a 6-foot distance from others if you do not live with them while you are walking or rolling.
- If a six-foot distance is unavoidable when you’re outside, wear a mask. Wearing a mask is encouraged, even if you are outside and if other people are not nearby.
- Avoid touching items, like handrails and door handles, when you are out walking and rolling.
- If you touch something, either use hand sanitizer or, when you are back at home, wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Walk and roll in non-crowded places to maintain physical distance.
For more information, visit the Alameda County Public Health Department.