The American Heart Association of El Paso is promoting tomorrow’s National Walk to School Day, although many students in the El Paso area are still attending school virtually.
Even with pandemic-related social distancing in place, parents are being asked to use this time to encourage physical activity, as well as to teach their children the safest route to their school for when in-person classes eventually resume for everyone.
“With all of the remote learning and social distancing, I think most parents would love to get kids out of the house for some physical activity,” said Abraham Torres, public health program manager for the American Heart Association, Heart REACH.
Torres continued, saying, “National Walk to School Day is the perfect chance to do just that, while teaching kids how to safely walk or bike to school, such as how to use crosswalks or looking both ways before crossing the street,” said Torres. “And even if your children are still going to school at home, teaching them the rules of the road will help to keep them safe regardless.”
In districts where students are attending school in person, parents who wish to participate in National Walk to School Day are reminded to practice social distancing as they walk to school by keeping at least six feet away from those not in your household. For kids in remote learning situations, a trip to school may require just walking into the living room, but they can still participate tomorrow morning.
“We’re hoping to see lots of kids and their parents on the sidewalks of El Paso tomorrow morning, even if it’s just a dry run for when things return to normal,” said Torres. “In the end, we’re really all about encouraging parents and kids to stay physically active and to be safe while doing so.”
The American Heart Association suggests choosing the nearest elementary, middle school, or high school and selecting the safest route. Parents can also plan their trip by requesting walking directions in Google Maps.