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Haven’t taken tallies yet? How does Student Travel Tally Week Work?
Participating in Student Travel Tally Week takes a couple of hours for someone to organize and about 5 minutes for the teacher to complete at the beginning of the school day on two days during the week. Information and resources for participating in Student Travel Tally Week are included below.
If your school hasn’t yet taken a student travel tally, there’s no need to worry. Although the statewide Student Travel Tally Week is during mid-September, schools can conduct additional student tallies during any point in the school year.
|Download this pdf for easy-to-find answers to common Student Travel Tally Week questions. Click here for an FAQ that will answer most of your questions.|
Learn it. Do it. Live it.
|This installment in our Learn it. Do it. Live it. series offers more details on how to participate in Student Travel Tally Week. It includes a sample letter or email from your principal to send to teacher, scripts for daily announcement during Student Travel Tally Week, and ways to help teachers explain each travel mode choice to students. Click here for the Student Travel Tally Week Learn it. Do it. Live it.|
|Recording the student tallies
||Schools participating in Student Travel Tally Week are encouraged to collect and record their school’s tallies using the SRTS National Center’s Database. This way we can easily compare our schools between divisions and across the state. Using the National Center Database, schools can easily collect tallies online or on paper.
|Need some ideas for connecting Student Travel Tally Week to the classroom? Consider the ideas on this Classroom Connections. These are ‘starter’ ideas only. We want to add your ideas to the list!
First time participants in Student Travel Tally Week will receive a Safe Routes to School Banner. Second time participants will receive an STTW participation decal to decorate their SRTS Banner.
Here’s how to receive your Safe Route to School Banner or Decal:
Student Travel Tally Week in Virginia
195 Schools across the state participated in Student Travel Tally Week last September. In addition to learning about their own student travel trends and setting the baseline measurement for future SRTS projects, these schools are able to make division and statewide reports to see how their schools compare within their division and across the state. You can view the statewide report for a detailed analysis.
During the tally week, 394,362 total trips were counted across 52 different cities and towns, and 18 school divisions. Overall, when traveling to school:
- 64% of students take the bus
- 24% of students ride in a family vehicle
- 9% of students walk to school
- 2% of students ride in a carpool
- 0.8% of students bike to school
- 0.3% of students take transit or other modes
How are students in your school division getting to and from school? Check out the fall 2013 Student Travel Tally Week division wide reports in Adobe PDF!
- Alexandria City Public Schools (100 KB)
- Arlington Public Schools (100 KB)
- Chesapeake Public Schools (105 KB)
- Clarke County Public Schools (98 KB)
- Colonial Heights Public Schools (95 KB)
- Fairfax County Public Schools (97 KB)
- Galax City Public Schools (98 KB)
- Harrisonburg City Public Schools (100 KB)
- Henrico County Public Schools (113 KB)
- Loudoun County Public Schools (102 KB)
- Portsmouth Public Schools (98 KB)
- Prince William County Public Schools (102 KB)
- Stafford County Public Schools (101 KB)
- Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (102 KB)
Want to make a tally report for your school? Please read these instructions to learn how.
This Introduction to Student Travel Tall Week presentation discusses the basics of Student Travel Tally Week including the importance of taking tallies, how you can prepare for Student Travel Tally Week, how to conduct tallies, and the methods of uploading tally data. To learn more about accessing tally data and running travel tally reports, watch the webinar, Student Travel Tally Week: Moving Forward or view the slideshow.
Contact the Virginia SRTS program hotline or email us for a walk-through of the process.
Email us at info@VirginiaSRTS.org