A school crossing guard is an individual hired specifically for his or her services in helping school children cross streets safely. He or she is responsible for ensuring that traffic is managed properly during school hours and that students are made aware of hazards that may be posed to them when crossing the street, without paying heed to the surroundings.
Working as a school crossing guard requires one to possess a high school diploma or a GED equivalent at the very least. Some experience working in a similar capacity is also important – if you have worked as a crossing guard in any other capacity, you will be considered a great contender to work as school crossing guard. as you will know what the work is all about.
To be able to do justice to the role of a school crossing guard, you have to possess a certain skills set. This includes the ability to communicate effectively, knowledge of pedestrian and vehicular traffic rules, and capability of handling adverse situations if or when they arise. In addition to this, you have to be patient as you will be dealing with children for whom you will have to establish and maintain respect and compliance.
What duties will you be performing exactly? Here is a list:
• Engage students in conversation to provide them with information on street crossing rules and protocols
• Guide and escort students and other pedestrians at crossings and intersections, until they reach safe places
• Control traffic by holding signs or through mechanical signaling devices in order to permit students to pass safely
• Gauge traffic gaps, and make good use of them to assist students in crossing busy streets
• Reroute or direct traffic to alternate routes during school events or school timings, as established by protocol
• Observe the surroundings of schools, specifically roads and streets, and identify and report any hazardous incidents or issues
• Take prompt actions to physically avoid traffic hazards for crossing students and self
• Record the numbers of vehicles that may disregard school zone speed limits and report them to the authorities
• Ascertain that all cars that have arrived to pick up students are properly directed to designated parking zones or pick up lanes
• Place and remove caution signs and cones as required and caution drivers of speeding vehicles by using hand signals or whistles
• Monitor traffic on a regular basis and report any unusual or adverse traffic conditions that may have an effect on student safety