In May 2009, the WJCC School District officially formed a committee to launch Safe Routes to School Walking to School(SRTS) at select schools within the division.  The committee is chaired by Alan Robertson, WJCC Facilities manager, and includes representatives of the division, schools, James City County, the City of Williamsburg, the JCC Police Department, and Active Williamsburg Alliance.

The committee has been working on a division-wide “School Travel Plan” as its first step in preparing an application for funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The School Travel Plan will be finalized by the end of November 2009.  Upon approval, the committee will prepare a grant application.

What is SRTS? Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts to improve the health and well-being of children by assessing and taking measures to improve walking and biking conditions on the route to school and enabling and encouraging children to walk and bike these routes. In 2005, Congress passed SAFETEA-LU, the federal transportation legislation, and it included funding to establish SRTS programs in every state.  Funds for SRTS are managed by VDOT.

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