Our child will be starting school for the first time.
It got me wondering what people's distances are from their house to their school?
How long does it take you to get from your house to your child's school?
High school for DD. It's about 3 1/2 miles away. It takes her about 30 minutes by public transit. She walks to the bus stop (less than 5 minutes) and then has 2 buses. The waiting time for the transfer between buses can take awhile. Lucky girl has had a lift to school all this week though. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to drive, depending on how well traffic is moving. There are several schools (a couple of high schools, a middle school and an elementary school) along the same stretch of road and there can be a long traffic jam at start and dismissal times.
She walked to middle school, about 1 1/2 miles away. Before that, we lived about 2 miles from middle school but it was very hilly. It took almost an hour to walk to school.
Her older brother attended a middle school that was 6 miles from where we lived at the time. I could drive there in about 15 or 20 minutes but the school bus route took about an hour. He was the first kid picked up in the morning and the last one dropped off in the afternoon.
For one wonderful year, we lived around the corner from the primary school. That was awesome.
2.1 miles. A 25 minute walk on the way there, a 35-40 minute walk on the way home (it's an unrelenting hill). Sometimes they bike there (about 6-7 minutes) and get a ride home, and dh picks up their bikes in his truck on his way home from work. I don't make them ride home because with book bags and the steepness of the grade it's a wicked climb requiring more strength and stamina than I feel it is kind to inflict after a long day that already includes substantial outdoor fitness activities at school.
Once there's snow I drive them both ways because the shoulders on the road disappear under snowbanks and it's unsafe to walk on the road. Four or five minutes in the van.
I'm curious how a school can mandate how your kids spend their before and after school time? Obviously I don't know the particular circumstances of your neighbourhood, and 4 miles seems too long to be practical for walking in your case, but what is the logic behind banning self-powered transportation? Seems very odd to me. Is there public transit? What would a nearby car-free family do? Hire a taxi?
My dd2's elementary school is about 5-10min away, depending on the line for drop-off in the kiss-n-go lane. It's about 2.5 miles. We walk it occasionally on delayed opening days.
My dd1's middle/high school is about 20 min away and 15 miles from dd2's elementary school. It's a little further from our house, but I always take dd2 to school first (earlier start time) and then just go up to dd1's school.
I drive DS1 about 8 miles to school. It's not bad, less than 1/2 hour. But what kills me is our neighborhood school (which I went to) is literally 3 blocks away in a residential neighborhood where it would be safe to walk. I would LOVE to walk my child to school everyday instead of driving...but I think the school he's in is a better fit for him.
My DC's last school was a really short drive - 7 minutes including parking and walking to avoid carpool traffic. Her new middle school is 5.5 miles away but so far it takes a while to get there. I budget a half hour. Sometimes I'm super early, once I was late. It's in a direction in our city that has pretty bad traffic due to poor planning way back. We do carpool though so I bring 3 kids home in the afternoons and DC gets a ride to school every morning.