School Crossing Guards – A Tough, But Vital Job

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With most students back at school for the Fall Semester, school crossing guards, (many of them senior citizens), will don their colorful vests and hats and carry their signs in the late-summer sun at school crossings, to ensure those students are safely behind their desks or leaving school safely.

It’s not an easy task, and when you’re a volunteer, doing the job out of civic duty – or maybe you’re a parent helping out at your local school, or even a paid official – the task is somewhat daunting, at best.

In Dec 2018, a 62-year-old crossing guard was killed after being struck by a vehicle in a three-car crash near Arroyo Elementary School in Simi Valley, CA.

In Franklin, TN, the city’s Police Department announced it has openings for school crossing guards.

Under general supervision, the crossing guards work part-time hours. The sole focus of the job is maintaining pedestrian safety and efficient vehicular traffic flow in assigned school zones.

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required for the job. Starting pay is $18.48 per hour. Not a bad gig for ensuring the safety of your child.

Authorities are constantly trying to remind people – put your phone down, slow down in a school zone, and slow down where students are meeting the bus.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, school crossing guards spend two and a half hours each school day protecting parents and children walking to and from their classrooms – as well as other seniors, disabled people, and adults on their way to work or out for a walk and errands.

Princeton’s Town Topics reports that guards need to be able to:

  • Escort children across designated crossing zones;
  • Stop vehicular and pedestrian traffic in an efficient and orderly manner in all weather conditions;
  • Communicate effectively with children, parents, and the general public;
  • Report license plate numbers of vehicles that do not slow down or stop in crossing zones;
  • Report unsafe traffic conditions in school crossing zones;
  • Report suspicious people or vehicles hanging around school areas; and
  • Communicate safety instructions to students, parents, and motorists moving through the school safety zones.

It’s a job that bears a great deal of responsibility, so, as a motorist, special caution and attentiveness are required as you enter a school zone – and special consideration given to those hard-working crossing guards.