Parents and carers are responsible for a student's travel to and from school. Schools take over responsibility and duty of care for the student once they enter the school premises.
Walking to and from school helps:
- reduce traffic
- reduce our carbon footprint
- promote physical activity
- provide an opportunity for supervising adults to talk with their child about road safety.
As part of their overall care for students, schools often work together with their community to agree on guidelines for arriving and departing school safely.
- Primary aged students are safest when they are supervised by an adult.
- Older students need to be aware of the road rules and safety advice when walking to and from school independently.
Take the time to read and understand the key road safety messages for primary aged students. They have been developed to ensure consistent messages for children across NSW.
Schools want their students and community to be safe.
Every school's surrounding traffic environment is different. Every school's entry and exit rules for students are different and are therefore managed differently.
Sometimes the busy roads and conditions around the outside of the school can impact on student safety.
We encourage walking to and from school wherever practical. Schools can support this with consistent pedestrian safety advice for students, parents and carers.
Walking school bus
A walking school bus is a group of primary school children who walk to and from school along a set route, accompanied by supervising adults. One adult ‘drives’ at the front of the 'bus' while the other adult supervises at the rear of the 'bus'. The walking school bus picks up passengers along the way at designated bus stops on the way to and from school.
If your school community is interested in a walking school bus there are some key considerations to be made. Please contact your Road Safety Education Officer to find out more.