Policy & funding

Can Safe Routes to Schools grants be awarded to projects focused on high schools and junior high schools?

The federal SRTS program is aimed at grades K-8 so that excludes high schools, but may encompass some of the grades typically found in a junior high school. For more on the grade restrictions and the geographic area around a school please see the SRTS federal guidelines.

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Can a child be denied bus service by the school?

Pupil transportation decisions and policies are typically made at the school district level or the state level. The best person to contact is your school district's pupil transportation coordinator. This individual should be able to explain your school's busing decision-making processes.

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What are the restrictions on building a school next to a highway?

Site selection for new school buildings is managed at a local level of government. School boards may have guidelines on where schools can be built, how large the campus needs to be and what is considered appropriate and supportive land uses for the site. State education departments may also have standards and guidelines for new school site selection. There are no federal standards or guidelines for school site selection.

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Are schools liable for bicycle theft that occurs on school property?

Generally speaking, schools are not liable for student property stored on
school grounds. One thing that could prevent theft would be to distribute tips to bicyclists on ways to secure bikes on school property. The tip sheet could include the following topics:

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Are projects funded by the SRTS program subject to state or federal prevailing wages, or both?

Since the federal SRTS program is administered in each state by that state's Dept of Transportation (DOT), the DOT in the state of interest is in a better position to answer your question. To find the SRTS Coordinator within each state, please visit our Find State Contacts page, and once there click on the state of interest in the map or from the drop-down menu.

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Is a local match required to receive federal Safe Routes to School funding?

According to the federal Safe Routes to School guidance, a local match is not required to receive the federal SRTS program.

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Will my state be accepting more SRTS project applications?

The best person to address this question is the Safe Routes to School Coordiantor within your state's Department of Transportation. To view your state program's website and obtain the contact information of your SRTS Coordinator, please visit our Find State Contacts page.

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