Submitted by stayadmin on Mon, 11/11/2019 - 22:12

Student Hand Tallies are a quick and effective way of gathering data from a transportation-related program or activity. Teachers, program staff, and/or volunteers can go to classrooms at participating schools and ask students how they get to school.

Here are a few suggestions on how to conduct student hand tallies:

  • Notify the principal

  • Be respectful of teachers’ and classrooms’ time

  • List and explain all possible modes

  • Define carpooling for younger students

  • Record the number of students enrolled and the number of students present

  • Ask students about the current day first, then the previous day 

  • Hand out a parent survey for the students to take home to their parents


The National Center for Safe Routes to School has also developed a recommended methodology with survey forms.

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