Adult School Crossing Guards
Linden Hill Elementary School in Wilmington, DE.
Adult school crossing guards can play a key role in promoting safe driver and pedestrian behaviors at crosswalks near schools. They help children safely cross the street and remind drivers of the presence of pedestrians. A guard helps children develop the skills to cross streets safely at all times. Adult school crossing guards can be parent volunteers, school staff or paid personnel. Annual classroom and field training for adult school crossing guards as well as special uniforms or equipment to increase visibility are recommended, and in some locations required. The presence of guards can lead to more parents feeling comfortable about their child walking or bicycling to school. For more information see the Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines.
Tool: Adult school crossing guards
Crossing guards promote safe behaviors at crosswalks by helping children safely cross the street at key locations and reminding drivers of the presence of pedestrians.
- Can control behaviors at high-risk locations.
- Can make parents more comfortable allowing children to walk or bicycle to school.
- Requires dedicated funding or reliable volunteer system.
- Requires training and equipment.