School Crossing Guards play an integral role in fostering a safe and comfortable environment for students walking and bicycling to school. Training is an essential step to help ensure that Crossing Guards are performing properly and safely. Crossing Guards can help create gaps in traffic on busy neighborhood collector roads, remind drivers of the presence of people walking, help instill safe walking skills in students and their families, and indicate when people driving should yield.
The California School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines and accompanying supplemental training materials were created to provide local jurisdictions with the resources to train and vet new and existing Crossing Guards and ultimately to help improve the safety of California’s school-aged children.
The Guidelines outline program administration considerations as well as provide train-the-trainer information for Crossing Guard Trainers. The goal of these Guidelines is to promote standardized training to newly employed Crossing Guards, as well as seasoned Crossing Guards, to help them understand their roles and responsibilities, learn about relevant laws and traffic regulations, practice proper crossing techniques, and foster safe school environments.
This course will be presented in a "Train-the-Trainer" format to help jurisdictions and law enforcement with guidance on how to train and vet potential new and existing Crossing Guards. Consistent training will help to ensure that Crossing Guards throughout California have the skills to perform their duties safely and properly.