Adult Crossing Guards Play Vital Role in Community Safety
Santa Clara Police Department adult school crossing guards play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school. Their primary role is to help children safely cross the street on their way to and from school, however our well-trained crossing guards are also present to:
• Discourage children from behaving unsafely near traffic, such as darting into the street without looking or crossing against a traffic signal. A guard can encourage safe behavior by all pedestrians at the school crossing;
• Use existing gaps in traffic to help students cross safely. When the natural traffic flow does not allow enough time for children to safely cross a street, a guard may need to create gaps by stopping traffic temporarily. The guard stops traffic with hand signals or a STOP paddle, then verbally directs children to cross the street. A guard is always the first person in the street and the last person out of the street;
• Alert motorists that pedestrians are in the process of using the school crossing; and,
• Observe and report any incidents or conditions that present a potential safety hazard to the school children or the guard.
As you kick off the coming school year, introduce your children to the adult crossing guard(s) near your school and support their efforts to create a safe environment for the children of our community.
For more information about the adult crossing guard program, including employment opportunities available, please call CSO Karen Ashley at (408)615-4875.