Park and Walk with PBS Tokens

Abbi Kerimofski
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At Harrisdale Primary School we are fortunate enough to have access to the Heron Park, Satterley carpark as the home to our Park and Walk. The HPS Park and Walk is an initiative that encourages parents to park in this carpark and walk to school with their children, just a few hundred metres down the road. We saw success with this in the beginning as parents were offered a free coffee to take with them on the walk. We saw a decrease in its use after this incentive ended and have therefore been working on some other ideas to encourage Park and Walk participation.

Harrisdale Primary School is a PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) school. This means that we aim to improve student academic and behavioural outcomes through a facilitative process where all students have access to the most effective instructional and behavioural practices. In 2020 we decided that as a Park and Walk incentive, when parents park at the Heron Park, Satterley carpark they can scan a QR code, enter some information and their child will receive a PBS token for their involvement. As a part of PBS, we have 5 different kinds of tokens available to students, when they show the following traits throughout their school day: respect, resilience, responsibility, safety and excellence. When participating in the Park and Walk, students will receive one ‘responsibility’ PBS token each time they walk to or from the Heron Park, Satterley Office. Each PBS token that students receive go into a draw, which results in prizes being handed out at the end of the year.

We hope that with a new and ongoing incentive, our Park and Walk will become a successful tool in encouraging students to participate in physical activity throughout their mornings and afternoons.

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James (Your Move)

I really like this tweak to your Park and Walk, Abbi. Please keep us up to date with how it goes. Do you find that most parents have their heads around QR codes? You have received 60 points for starting up your Park and Walk again for term 1, 20 points for integrating with your existing PBS system, plus 10 points for taking the time to really explain how it works.

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Trevor (Your Move)

Hi Abbi, this QR code system is such an innovative idea. This could work really well for many schools, so we'd like to know more about it and how the system works if you have time to explain it. Is it part of an app or a piece of software that Harrisdale PS subscribe to? and yes I'd also like to know if most parents have their heads around QR codes?

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Abbi

Hi Trevor, thanks for your comment! Parents can download any free QR code scanning app for relevant to their device. Apple products don't require an app as you can simply open the camera and it picks up on the QR code. This is a bonus as we don’t have to subscribe to anything as a school. At Harrsidale PS we have been using QR codes since we opened so parents have been able to get their head around it all.

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Trevor (Your Move)

Thanks Abbi, Yes I think Apple integrating QR codes into their camera app was a game changer for the uptake of QR codes. I was hoping you could share some info about what software you use to create the QR Codes, and what software you use to create the "landing page with the PBS token" that the QR codes take people to?

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Abbi

Hi Trevor! I definitely agree, absolute game changer! We just use any free QR code generating website via Google, this was then exported as a png and included on a poster and placed at the Park and Walk for parents to scan with their phones. The 'landing page' is a Google Form, created using Google Drive, the information included on this is then accessible by me. From here, I alert our student leaders who present the physical PBS tokens to students each week over the PA.

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