The fact sheet identifies some of the challenges that have either surfaced because of or were exacerbated by the pandemic and talking points to outline how Safe Routes to School can provide the tools to address some of those concerns.
During the pandemic, students, families, schools, and other community members have dealt with fear, isolation, and endless attempts to be creative in challenging situations. Now, we are faced with a new challenge: dealing with the chaos of returning to “normal.” As schools re-open, there will be a plethora of daunting challenges. While Safe Routes to School cannot solve every problem, it can address some significant health and safety challenges while enabling easier access to community destinations and resources that fill other gaps. With thoughtfulness and creativity, we can help communities thrive in this period of transition.