WCSD Staff and Students Celebrate National Walk to School Day: District partners with community as law enforcement officers investigate series of accidents involving children
Contact: Victoria Campbell
WCSD Staff and Students Celebrate National Walk to School Day
District partners with community as law enforcement officers investigate series of accidents involving children
Reno, NV (October 1, 2019) – In an effort to encourage awareness about traffic safety when students are walking and riding bicycles to school, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) is observing National Walk to School Day with activities at schools across the District. This annual event has taken on a new urgency and significance as more than a dozen children in Washoe County have been injured in traffic collisions—several seriously— since school began August 12.
“Motorists and pedestrians alike can become distracted by a variety of factors—cell phones, listening to music, and walking directly into the rising or setting sun,” said WCSD Police Chief Jason Trevino. “We are consistently reminding motorists to use caution not only in our school zones, but everywhere in our community. Our officers work hard to protect our students and staff members, and education about safety is a critical part of our efforts. We remind our students and staff members to observe safety measures when they are walking or riding to school. Our children’s lives are on the line, and they are depending on all of us to keep them safe.”
“The time is changing, and we want to remind motorists that our students are walking and riding bikes to school—sometimes from a few blocks away or more,” said WCSD School Police Officer MJ Cloud, who also serves as program director for Safe Routes to School. “We also have students walking to and waiting at bus stops beginning early each morning, and it’s important for drivers to be aware that they are waiting in the area. They need to slow down and be aware of what’s happening around them as they travel.”
In Washoe County, law enforcement agencies and community groups are banding together to remind motorists about their responsibility to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, and give them the right of way. National Walk to School Day events are a collaborative effort between WCSD, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), Renown Regional Medical Center, REMSA, and Safe Kids Coalition. Students will receive incentives like water bottles, stickers, and pencils printed with safety messages that will be distributed to participating schools. Teachers also incorporate the messages in their daily lessons.
“Our teachers use these events as ‘teachable moments,’” said Officer Cloud. “They encourage students to write about what they see on their way to and from school each day, and incorporate math and mapping skills to chart their course from home to school and back again and determine the distance of their walks and rides. They recognize how important these lessons are for our students’ safety, and we can always count on our teachers to be enthusiastic participants each year.”
What: Walk to School Day celebration, where several dozen Jessie Beck Elementary School students and their parents will walk one mile to school together. Students will receive items bearing traffic safety messages.
When: Wednesday, October 2
Where: The walk begins at 665 Manor Dr. in Reno, and will continue south on Manor Drive to Mount Rose Street. The group will walk a short distance on Mt. Rose Street to Sharon Way, then continue south on Sharon Way to Jessie Beck Elementary School (1900 Sharon Way). T
he group is scheduled to arrive at school by 8:45 a.m., where classes are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
WCSD Board of Trustees Vice President Malena Raymond
WCSD School Police Chief Jason Trevino
Deputy Chief Mac Venzon, Reno Police Department
Area Superintendent Jeana Curtis