Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)
Learn About SNAP
Under Utah law, every elementary, middle and junior high school is responsible for developing and implementing a SNAP (Student Neighborhood Access Program) Plan. High schools are also encouraged to create a SNAP plan. A SNAP plan consists of a map and text description outlining the safest routes for students to walk and bike to school. Plans should identify the safest walking and biking route(s) to school.
In some cases, avoiding hazards will result in walking/biking routes that are longer than a direct route. At the same time, students are likely to ignore a route that takes too much time. The SNAP Team should use discretion to create a safe walking route that is both safe and encourages student compliance. It is only necessary to identify a safe biking route when it differs from the safe walking route.
Creating a Plan
The development of a SNAP plan begins with each school's Administration. The Administration defines the best way for children to walk or bike to school. The Utah Department of Transportation has developed the free SNAP Mapping Software and Planning Guide. These resources provide school principals and Administrations with instruction to create and distribute a SNAP Plan that is easy to use and understand.
While a SNAP Plan may be created anytime during the year, it must be submitted to the School District no later than April 1 to be implemented at the beginning of the following school year. It is important to note this is NOT a one-time process. Schools are required to review and update the SNAP Plan at least once per year.
When the School Administration is ready to develop or review the SNAP Plan, the School's Principal may do all of the work by themselves or may delegate responsibilities to a school employee. Once a SNAP Plan is created, it must be approved by the school administrator and submitted to the School District. Once approved by the District, it can then be distributed to parents and students.
Because of the significance of the SNAP, the preparation of a SNAP plan should include the consulting of all applicable stakeholders and outside resources to assist, such as:
- Local law enforcement
- City or county engineering employees
- City or county public works department employees
- Representation from the school’s PTA or PTO
- Interested parents and guardians
- Interested school employees
- Utah Department of Health Gold Medal School mentor
- Student leaders
Concerns or recommendations from the public regarding school traffic safety should be submitted to the School Administration for consideration and recommendation.