What Are Safe Routes to School?
The Maricopa Association of Governments Safe Routes to School Program consists of providing resources for schools and municipalities to administer Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives and activities such as:
- Crossing Guard Training Workshops
- Programming of Transportation Alternatives SRTS federal aid funding
- Administration of SRTS Studies Projects
This is an opportunity to work closely with your school, your community, and your local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer, cleaner environment for everyone.
Crossing Guard Workshops
The Maricopa Association of Governments works with cities and towns to improve road safety. These Crossing Guard Workshops provide basic education and training to school crossing guards, thus meeting a basic but an essential step to ensure that crossing guards do not compromise their own safety nor that of K-8 school children while performing their duties.
The intent of this MAG workshop and the associated print materials and video is to provide basic safety training for all school crossing guards as a regional road safety initiative. All K-8 schools may utilize this workshop to train their school crossing guards. The responsibility remains with each school for hiring, training, and defining when and where crossing guards are to be on duty.
2020 Crossing Guard Training Workshops
Due to the risks to public health caused by the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus at public gatherings, the Maricopa Association of Governments has determined that meetings and events will be indefinitely held through technological means. We are confident that as a community we can work together to slow the spread while maintaining resources we provide. In anticipation of a time when schools will be back in session, we would like to invite all school crossing guards and any interested school officials that serve in your school district to attend a two-hour Facebook Live event that will be held July 30, 2020. A recorded version of the workshop, in both English and Spanish, will be available after the live event.
In our role as the regional planning agency for Phoenix metropolitan region, we are working with all cities, towns and counties in our planning region to improve road safety. Improving road safety on access routes to schools has been identified as a regional priority. The support of school officials is essential to address this issue effectively. These workshops provide basic education and training to school crossing guards, thus meeting a basic but an essential step to ensure that crossing guards do not compromise their own safety nor that of children while performing their duties.
In order to get access to the live event we request that one school or district point of contact respond via e-mail to Lpriano@azmag.gov no later than July 18, 2020. Please use the subject line “MAG Crossing Guard Training Facebook Live Event” and provide the point of Contact Name, District or School and Phone Number. MAG will send a link to the point of contact for them to distribute to school crossing guards and interested school officials. You can download an example e-mail for your use by clicking the link below.
Guardians of the Future - English Version
Guardians of the Future - Spanish Version
School Crossing Guard Procedures Animated Presentation - No Audio
Postponed 2020 TA SRTS Call for Projects
Due to the statewide school closures, MAG recognizes the challenges in coordinating with school and district staff during this time. Therefore, MAG is postponing the April 6, 2020 deadline to submit Transportation Alternatives – Safe Routes to School (TA-SRTS) project applications. The TA-SRTS call for project applications will be reissued to align with the (TIP) Modal programming process in the fall of 2020. The reissued TA-SRTS call for applications will include SRTS Studies and SRTS Support Activity projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 and FY 2024. Additional information on the schedule will be forthcoming.
The excel format applications for Priority One: SRTS Studies, and Priority Two: SRTS Support Activity projects are available for download below. The submittal deadline stated in the application will be updated when the fall 2020 schedule is available.
FY 2023 & 2024 TA SRTS Applications and Resources
FY 2023 & 2024 TA SRTS Applications submitted — coming Fall 2020
FY 2023 & 2024 TA SRTS Applications submitted by November 7, 2019
If there are any questions, please contact Margaret Herrera at email@example.com or at (602) 254-6300.