When students and families walk, bike or carpool to class, everyone wins. Kids learn healthy habits early, plus fewer cars at dropoff and pickup locations alleviate roadway congestion for all travelers. Keep reading to learn how easy it is to adopt a safe and sustainable school commute.
About Bellevue SchoolPool
Bellevue SchoolPool, a collaboration between City of Bellevue, King County Metro and Bellevue School District, is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school in order to alleviate congestion at drop-off and pick-up times and zones around schools.
For the 2019-2020 school year, the program is open to all elementary, middle and middle/high choice schools in Bellevue School District. For a school to become a SchoolPool Partner school, the principal must submit a SchoolPool Partner sign-up application.
The SchoolPool Partner application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed. Check HERE to view the full list of participating schools.
The SchoolPool team assists Partner schools with running two month-long challenges during the school year – one in the fall and one in the spring. The fall challenge occurs during International Walk To School Month (October 1-31) and the spring challenge will occur this June.
Note: Find below a COVID-19 update about the spring challenge.
SchoolPool Partner schools can receive monetary rewards based on outreach activities and student participation during each challenge, and earn free incentives for their students.
The SchoolPool team also assists all schools, (including non-partner and private schools), interested in helping parents find carpools, walk pools (“walking school buses”), bike pools (“bike trains”), and “bus buddies” for school buses or public transit.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bellevue School District schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. The Bellevue School District encourages families to stay home and limit person-to-person contact to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Usually during this time, students would be actively participating in our challenge to log non-drive-alone trips to and from school. Because schools are closed, the Spring 2020 SchoolPool Challenge is taking an alternative route which will now be called the Spring 2020 SchoolPool Promotion. This promotion will be centered on school-to-parent communications, featuring a series of informative special newsletters to help keep SchoolPool on your radar for when schools reopen. Here is the list of schools actively involved in this promotion.
Fall Challenge Recap
The fall 2019 challenge was very successful! A total of 15 schools participated in the challenge (13 elementary, one middle, one middle/high). 1,908 calendars were received from said schools and the average return rate by school was 28.8%.
Elementary school students received awesome branded rewards, like reflective zipper pulls, five-color highlighters and lenticular stickers! Middle and middle/high school students were also rewarded with branded goods, such as LED key chains, maze pens and reflective zipper pulls! School staff involved with SchoolPool also received super cool branded travel mugs.
How SchoolPool Works
The Bellevue SchoolPool program is split into two programs – one for elementary schools, and one for middle and middle/high choice schools.
Marketing and promotional materials, stock communications, event assistance and more are available to support Partner schools’ efforts.
During each challenge, students at elementary Partner schools record their walk, bike, carpool and bus trips to or from school in their SchoolPool trip log calendar.
Students at middle and middle/high Partner schools participate in SchoolPool activities conducted at their schools during each challenge*.
*This is not the case for the Spring 2020 SchoolPool Challenge, as schools are closed and families are to stay at home. Instead, the spring challenge, now called SchoolPool Promotion, will concentrate on school-parent communication to raise awareness about the program and the use of alternative transportation modes.
How to Become a SchoolPool Partner School
For a school to become a SchoolPool Partner school, the principal must complete and sign the appropriate application form below, and email it to BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov. Applications are accepted annually. The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now closed.
To learn more about the program, click on the links below.
Resources for Schools and Families
- Go to our interactive Routes to School map and click on your school to find printable maps of pedestrian and bicycle facilities in your school’s attendance area.
- If you are a school interested in receiving assistance with setting up a network on Rideshare Online, contact us at BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov.
- We also encourage you to try out Pogo Rides, an easy to use smart phone app which matches you with other parents looking to carpool.
- Check out our info sheets on Walking School Bus, Bike Train, and Carpooling.
- If you need help or information about King County Metro Transit or Sound Transit buses for your school, contact us at BellevueSchoolPool@bellevuewa.gov.
- Safe Routes to School Programs - US DOT
- Safe Routes to School - Federal Highway Administration - US DOT
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- Safe Routes to School - WSDOT
- Safe Routes to School – CDC
- SchoolPool and Safe Routes to School - King County Metro
- Walk and Bike to School
- Safe Routes to School Guide
- Kids Walk-to-School