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Walking School Bus


Madison has an active Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) Walking School Bus route which is carefully selected/mapped by BCHD, school administrators, and local police for accessibility and safety. Madison's "bus" is led by two or more trained adult volunteers to safely guide students and parents along the designated “bus” route to school.

Walk with us to Madison on Fridays!

To have your child participate, please review the route maps below and then register your child HERE.


Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) started a Walking School Bus Program in 2010 that has successfully spread to 14 schools with hundreds of students participating. Walking to school can log lots of miles, save unnecessary car trips, burn lots of calories all while gaining valuable social connections and interacting with peers. Madison Elementary School needs your help to start routes!

What is a Walking School Bus (WSB)?

WSB is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults.

What does a Walking School Bus Volunteer do?

WSB Volunteers walk a designated route at a scheduled time/day, picking up pre-registered children along the route, and walking them to school safely. A minimum number of two volunteers are mandatory for one Walking School Bus route.

Who can be a Walking School Bus Volunteer?

Adults 25 and older.

What is the Time Commitment for Walking School Bus Volunteers?

The Walking School Bus program is volunteer-led and the “bus” routes operate based on the availability of the volunteers. The time commitment is only a minimum of 1 hour per week. You get to decide your schedule! You can choose to walk 1 day per week or all 5 days.

What are the Responsibilities of a Walking School Bus Volunteer?

  • Safely manage a group of 6-8 children

  • Observe all traffic and safety rules

  • Walk with students at a reasonable pace

  • Interact and communicate effectively with school-aged children

  • Reliable, timely and trustworthy

How do I become a Walking School Bus Volunteer?

  • Contact Jolee Bentley to get your route approved.

  • Participate in mandatory WSB Volunteer Training (1 hour)

  • Pass a DOJ Background check (LiveScan) and TB Test

  • Fill out our volunteer interest form HERE


Contact Jolee Bentley for more information.