Student Travel Survey

Our school has been selected to participate in the 2019 Student Travel Survey by the Washington State Departments of Transportation and Health. Families of children in K – 8th grade may receive a call to take the short anonymous survey between April and June. We encourage parents to participate, as the results will help improve student transportation. However, if you do not want to be called, please contact the Department of Health at 1-833-256-4654 and leave your phone number and the name of your child's school to remove yourself from the contact list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this survey being asked?
To understand how students travel to and from school and possible barriers to walking, biking, or riding the bus.

Who will conduct the survey?
Washington State Departments of Transportation and Health through their contractor ICF International

When will the survey take place?
April to June 2019

How many schools have been selected to participate?
About 500 schools with students in kindergarten through 8th grade

Who will take the survey?
About 150 parents from each selected school

How long is the survey?
About 5 to 8 minutes

How is the survey administered?
By telephone

How did you get my phone number?
School districts provided the Department of Health with parents’ phone numbers. The Department of Health did not receive parents’ names or addresses.

Why can’t parents just volunteer?
To get accurate results, schools and parents were randomly selected. Parents can decide whether to participate.

Is the survey anonymous?
Yes. For questions with a response of 10 parents or less, the data will be suppressed to ensure privacy.

What if I don’t want to be contacted?
Call toll free 1-833-265-4654 or email studenttravelsurvey@doh.wa.gov and leave the name of your child’s school and your phone number. The Department of Health will remove your phone number from the list.

How will the results be used?
Results of the survey will help improve student transportation and safety.

What if I need more information?
Contact the Washington State Department of Health Student Travel Survey Center at studenttravelsurvey@doh.wa.gov or (360)236-3805.