Safe Routes to School
The Kentfield School District encourages all families to actively participate in our nationally-recognized KSD Safe Routes to School program, a neighborhood-focused initiative to advocate green travel alternatives and address traffic safety at our schools. The goal of the program is to offer students safer and greener alternatives to get to and from school.
The team of Neighborhood Captains will provide you suggested safe route maps, schedules for walking and cycling to school, and carpooling options all customized by neighborhood. They will also advocate for traffic safety concerns on behalf of the families in your neighborhood.
Please consider walking or biking with your children to school. This will reduce traffic congestion around our schools, allow you to spend quality time with your children, and give them some healthful exercise before school. Children arrive at school alert and ready to learn. Our KSD Safe Routes to School program provides suggested safe walking and biking route plans and has organized walking and biking groups for every neighborhood in our district.
- The following link to the Safe Routes Program offers some excellent conversation points to address with your sons and daughters: www.saferoutespartnership.org/state/bestpractices/curriculum
Safe Routes would ask that you strongly consider having your student walk or bike - great exercise much needed, great start and end to school day, and can be done taking necessary precautions to socially distance from others. See below for some information on safety basics, modifications made for one of our busiest thoroughfares, and what you need to know about Sir Francis Drake (SFD) project construction.
SOCIAL DISTANCING BY BIKE OR WALK(click here for flier)
- Make sure to keep at least 6 feet away from other bikers or walkers unless in your family or pod
- Give other bikers and walkers a wide berth when passing and put your mask over your face when you do so.
- If less than 10 feet to safely pass, ask if it's OK to ride past. Make sure you’re a good distance away when asking to you don’t startle anyone
- And for bikers, don’t forget: follow rules of the road, watch out for cars, don’t ride too quickly, slow or stop when passing others, wear a helmet, bike in the same direction as cars, obey stop signs and traffic lights, use your hand signals, and always Stop, Look and Listen before entering or crossing a road
COVID MODIFICATIONS – ACACIA AS “SLOW STREET”
The County worked with Safe Routes and School administration to identify streets that didn’t allow enough room to proper social distancing. To that end, starting the week of November 16, Acacia (between McAllister and Rosebank) will be temporarily closed to through traffic on school days during school start and end times (approximately 7:45-9am and 12:15 to 2pm). This closure will remain in place until health officials determine that social distancing is no longer required by students due to health risks. Note that residents on Acacia will be able to get in and out of their homes.
Safe Routes to School Alert – Closure Notice
The Laurel Grove crosswalk across SFD will be closed on Thursday, December the 10th. Pedestrians from Laurel Grove will be directed on the North side of SFD to the pedestrian bridge at Wolfe Grade during the closure on Thursday. Note that sidewalks will be open. The Laurel Grove crosswalk will be open for use on Friday.
- Learn how to get to school safely with these tips for Hybrid Instruction.
Please refer to this map to determine your school district neighborhood. Neighborhood Captains provide suggested safe route maps, schedules for walking and cycling to school, and carpooling options all customized by neighborhood. The Captains also advocate for traffic safety concerns on behalf of the families in your neighborhood.
Bree Eaton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zack Macdonald, email@example.com
Walking and Rolling to School Safety Tips
Driving to School Safety Tips
If you choose to drive your children to school, please keep the following 5 Traffic Safety Tips in mind:
- Expect the unexpected. Children can dart out unexpectedly. Follow the speed limit, yield to crossing guards and be vigilant.
- Drive slowly and carefully. Do not block sidewalks or driveways, and stop at all crosswalks. Be sure to look right before you turn right to ensure that a child is not crossing the street.
- Don't text or talk on your phone while driving.
- Budget extra travel time. School areas are congested, so allow for more time to get where you are going. The extra time will help avoid bouts of road rage and accidents.
- Be a good role model. Help your children learn and practice the safety rules for walking, biking, or driving. Always buckle up in the car, wear a helmet when biking, and follow pedestrian safety rules.
We look forward to a safe and healthy school year and hope you will consider a "green travel" alternative (walking, biking, or carpooling) for transporting your child to school. By doing so, you will contribute to the health and safety of the entire school community as well as your own child(ren).
If you have any questions about the KSD Safe Routes to School Program, contact one of our Neighborhood Captains.