Volunteer information & resources Volunteer information & resources

For our committed Walking School Bus volunteers, here you can find some useful information, tools and resources to set up, organise and manage your Walking School Bus.

Four Torbay School Walking School Bus volunteers in Hi Vis
Image: Walking School Bus volunteers for Torbay School.

Become a volunteer

Register to become a volunteer and find useful information, tools and resources to set up, organise and manage your Walking School Bus. For more details, please contact walkingschoolbus@at.govt.nz

Volunteer duties

Sharing responsibilities

When the responsibility of getting children to and from school is shared among a group of parents, it can lead to more free time for everyone. For example, if you are 1 of 5 volunteers for your bus route and you commit to operating the bus 1 morning a week, you're free to get to work without the stress of dropping off your child (or children) the other 4 days. This also gives you one morning to spend some time with your kid(s) and their friends.

Bikes and scooters

As adult volunteers, it is you who decides whether you can control a group of children walking, riding bikes and riding scooters. If you feel it is too difficult and that safety would be compromised, you can remind children that it is a Walking School Bus (not a riding one).

Wet weather days

Wet days are when congestion at the school gate is at its worst, so everyone benefits if the Walking School Bus operates. Get out your wet weather gear and see what different creatures venture out in the rain. Ultimately, it is the volunteer who operates the bus who decides whether or not to operate in wet weather, so discuss this when you start the bus so that everyone knows what to do when it rains.

Safety guidelines for Walking School Buses and volunteers

The Walking School Bus merit scheme

Learn about the Walking School Bus merit scheme


Register or manage the merit scheme for your Walking School Bus.

Student leadership programme

Learn about the student leadership programme


Find out the process for recruiting student leaders for your Walking School Bus.

Walking School Bus resources

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