The primary responsibility of an adult school crossing guard is to help children safely cross the street as they walk or bicycle to and from school.
Children also remain responsible for their own safety. In this manner, a guard plays another key function– a role model helping children develop the skills necessary to cross streets safely at all times.
A well-trained adult crossing guard can help to accomplish the following goals:
- 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. This includes both children and adults
How old do you have to be?
A responsible person who is at least 18 Years of age and is designated by a local authority to direct traffic in a school crossing for the protection of children going to or leaving school.
Adult crossing guards play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school.
Hiring and Training Adult School Crossing Guards
The hiring, training, supervising and funding of adult school crossing guards are typically the responsibility of local law enforcement agencies, traffic engineering departments, individual schools or school districts.
An adult school crossing guard can be a paid employee or a volunteer member of the community.
Paid employees may be preferred because an employer has the ability to train, evaluate and discipline an employee.
Every prospective guard should undergo a basic physical examination and criminal background check.
A guard should have good vision, hearing, and mobility, be able to stand for long periods of time outdoors and to communicate well with others.
Texas Transportation Code § 542.501. Obedience Required to Police Officers and to School Crossing Guards
A person may not willfully fail or refuse to comply with a lawful order or direction of:
- A police officer; or
- A school crossing guard who:
- Is performing crossing guard duties in a school crosswalk to stop and yield to a pedestrian, or
- Has been trained under Section 600.004 and is directing traffic in a school crossing zone.
Interested in becoming a Crossing Guard?
Contact the Principal or Assistant Principal at the school you’re interested in volunteering for.
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