Like schools across the country, WPS is experiencing a significant bus driver shortage that has not improved despite pay increases and marketing efforts. Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, some households will be included in EXPANDED Walk Zones where students will walk, bike, or ride with a family member to school. This challenge provides an opportunity to come together as a community and create a culture of walking in Winchester.
Although Walk Zones already exist in each school attendance area, they have been expanded to include households with safe walking paths:
- Within 0.75 miles of an elementary school (no more than a 20 minute walk)
- Within 1 mile of a secondary school (no more than a 30 minute walk)
This expansion primarily impacts students at Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart and Garland R. Quarles Elementary Schools, with smaller areas impacted near Daniel Morgan and Handley.
Safety is paramount. Walk Zones only encompass areas with safe walking paths, including sidewalks and crosswalks, and avoiding four lane roads and railroad tracks.
Letters have been sent to newly impacted families. If your household was previously in a walk zone, it will remain in a walk zone.