Safe Routes to School
Student Travel Tally Week
What is Student Travel Tally Week (STTW)? During STTW, classroom teachers use a ‘show of hands’ method to record how students get to and from school on two days. Travel mode information is useful for tracking a school’s SRTS program success and encouraging greater participation.
When is Student Travel Tally Week? Your school should choose the week in September or October that works best for you to take Student Travel Tallies, avoiding the same week as an International Walk to School Day event.
Why should my school participate in Student Travel Tally Week? Tracking program progress by measuring the number of students walking and biking to and from school is important. The data is often requested in grant applications. As a bonus, teachers can make tallies a part of lesson plans, using ideas from the Classroom Connections resource available below.
To encourage broad participation across the state, schools that participate for the first time will receive a Safe Routes to School Banner and a decal to decorate the banner. Repeat participants will receive an STTW participation decal to decorate their SRTS Banner.
Here’s how to receive your Safe Routes to School Banner or Decal:
- Poll students twice in one week during September or October.
- Student polling must reach at least 80% of classrooms or enrollment.
- Upload Student Travel Tally Data to www.SafeRoutesData.org, the online data clearinghouse run by the National Center for Safe Routes to School by the end of October.
How does my school participate in Student Travel Tally Week? Contact us to let us know that you plan to participate. If you’re not sure about the process, we can talk you through it and answer your questions. You can reach your Virginia SRTS Local Technical Assistance Coordinator on our toll-free hotline, 1-855-601-7787.
Also, be sure to check out the resources below; a good place to start is the zipped folder at the top of the list, which contains everything you’ll need for a successful STTW. If you are already familiar with the basics, resources can also be downloaded individually.
Student Travel Tally Week Resources
Student Travel Tally Week Toolkit
First time taking travel tallies? This NEW resource collection contains everything you need to conduct Student Travel Tallies at your school.
STTW FAQ Sheet
Download this resource for easy-to-find answers to common Student Travel Tally Week questions.
Learn it. Do it. Live it! Student Travel Tally Week
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 teachers, scripts for daily announcements during Student Travel Tally Week, and ways to help teachers explain each travel mode choice to students.
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!
Help spread the word about Student Travel Tally Week with these Student Take-Home Flyers.
There are two different flyers that you can use to help inform students, parents, and the community about Student Travel Tally Week.
Instructions for using www.SafeRoutesData.org
Schools participating in Student Travel Tally Week will use the SRTS National Center’s Database to submit their tallies. This allows school data to be included in the statewide report for Virginia, and helps program staff keep track of participation.
There are two sets of instructions for using the National Center’s data system: one explaining how to input data and create cover sheets (top), and another for running reports (bottom).
This Introduction to Student Travel Tally Week webinar 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.
Student Travel Tally Week in Virginia
The number of schools participating in Student Travel Tally Week continues to grow. In the fall of 2014, 251 schools across the state participated in Student Travel Tally Week during September and October —56 more schools than participated in 2013! 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 months, 365,125 total trips were counted statewide in more than 40 different cities and towns. Overall, when traveling to school:
How are students in your school division getting to and from school? Check out the fall 2013 and 2014 Student Travel Tally Week division wide reports in Adobe PDF.
- Alexandria City Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Arlington Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Chesapeake Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Clarke County Public Schools, 2013
- Colonial Heights Public Schools, 2013
- Fairfax County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Galax City Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Harrisonburg Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Henrico County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Loudoun County Public Schools, 2013
- Lynchburg Public Schools, 2014
- Norfolk Public Schools, 2014
- Portsmouth Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Prince William County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Stafford County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
- Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, 2013, 2014
Contact the Virginia SRTS program hotline or email us for a walk-through of the process.
Email us at info@VirginiaSRTS.org