702R-D - Walk Zones

A.  Definitions 

1. Walkers- Students who walk from their home to school and/or from school to home. Students who walk to or from school to a street adjacent to or near their school to meet transportation provided by someone other than Frederick County Public Schools do not meet this definition.

2. Bicycle Riders- Students who ride a bicycle from their home to school and or from school to home.

3. Bus Riders- Students who are transported from their home to school and/or from school to home in vehicles operated by Frederick County Public Schools.

4. Car Riders- Students who are transported from their home to school and/or from school to home in vehicles operated by someone other than Frederick County Public Schools.

B. General

For elementary schools with a school board adopted walk zone, transportation shall be provided for all students living more than seven-tenths (0.7) of a mile walking distance from their assigned elementary schools.  For middle and high schools with a school board adopted walk zone, transportation shall be provided for all students living more than one mile walking distance from their assigned schools. The following modifications are permissible:

1. The director of transportation may adjust any of the above distances to include students that may be affected by geographic, topographic and development patterns that would, in the director’s judgment, make locating bus stops and transportation more practical. In no case, shall any adjustment affect the attendance zone for any school.

2. The use of scooters, skates, skateboards, and wheelies as transportation to school is prohibited.

3. Transportation may be provided to any student within designated walk zones where hazards make walking to and from school unsafe as determined by the director of transportation. Staff members will assess routes for hazards when concerns are brought to their attention.

4. Temporary transportation may be provided to any student within designated walk zones where construction near or on sidewalks, trails, and streets makes walking to and from school unsafe. Temporary transportation may be provided to any student within designated walk zones where construction of sidewalks and trails has not been completed. The director of transportation shall make the decision to provide temporary transportation.

5. The director of transportation may provide transportation to students living within designated walk zones if, in his judgment, there is space available on the bus and there is a walking route to the nearest designated bus stop that is free of hazards that would make walking to and from the bus stop unsafe.

6. A student with a disability will be transported in accordance with his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan.

7. Requests for exceptions to any of the above guidelines may be made in writing to the director of transportation. The director of transportation will respond to the applicant within ten (10) working days, and a final determination will be made as soon as practicable.

8. At the beginning of each school year, the principal of each walk zone school shall determine whether or not students will be allowed to bicycle to school. This decision shall be based upon the availability of a safe, secure location for bicycle parking and the presence of bicycling hazards.

9. Frederick County Public Schools may enact school specific regulations to address safety issues unique to individual schools.


C. School Specific Regulations

1. Greenwood Mill Elementary School
    • Car riders must be picked up and/or dropped off on school property according to procedures adopted by the school. 
    • Students are not permitted to walk to a street adjacent to or near the school to meet transportation provided by someone other than Frederick County Public Schools for the ride from school to home. This includes Lynnehaven Drive, Woodrow Road, Channing Drive, Renee Lane and Walker Court. Students who are identified by the principal as doing so will be designated and car riders and will be released in a manner consistent with this regulation. 

D. Walking and Bicycling Route Safety

1. Safety is a paramount concern along walking and bicycling routes. The following regulations will be used to address safety issues:

2. Parents are responsible for selecting their children’s walking and/or bicycling routes to and from schools and home.

3. Parents are responsible for providing supervision that is appropriate for their children’s age, maturity, and conditions on the route.

4. Crossing guards will be provided as required by the Code of Virginia.

5. Student conduct on the route to and from school shall be in accordance with regulations 402R and 702R-A. Discipline for misconduct shall be administered by the principal under these same regulations.

6. Walking and bicycling hazards are assessed using a method determined by the director of transportation. While Frederick County Public Schools attempts to identify hazards on an annual basis, the superintendent’s staff does not assess all possible walking and bicycling routes, in particular those across private property and open space. Accordingly, Frederick County Public Schools cannot guarantee the safety of any particular route.

7. With the assistance of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and other organizations as appropriate, the school division may offer walking and bicycling safety programs to students and parents. School staff will provide general safety information to school communities and respond to requests for information.


E. Appeals

Decisions of the director of transportation and principals may be appealed in writing to the Superintendent or designee, who will respond in writing to the applicant within ten (10) working days. The decision of the Superintendent or designee will be final. 



Adopted:   July 23, 2009
Amended: October 7, 2015
Amended: October 14, 2015