Anyone can set up a walking bus but we recommend that you approach your Headteacher and local road safety officer for help.
Find out which parents are interested and where they live.
The buses' success will rely on having an enthusiastic co-ordinator and enough volunteers to share the 'driving' and 'conducting'. The more parents involved, the less time each volunteer will need to commit!
In Telford and Wrekin we work to a recommended ratio of adults to children of at least 1 to 8 which is a good starting point when organising your rota. All trained, drivers and conductors are covered by the Council's third party liability insurance.
The school arranges background checks on the volunteers.
This is done through the Criminal Records Bureau and can take up to 6 weeks, so make allowances for this when you are planning a start date.
Agree a Route.
The Road Safety Officer will assess it's suitability and give basic road safety training to all the volunteers.
Get your equipment and paperwork.
High visibility jackets for adults and pupils are available from the Road Safety team, along with copies of all the paperwork you will need.
Arrange a start date.
Agree the date with the school and arrange for them to let parents know. Make sure all parents have completed a consent form and then you are ready to start operating your walking bus!
Last updated: 15/03/2021 11:44