Carrollton Township, MI

School Crossing Guard

GENERAL SUMMARY:

This employee works under the supervision of the Police Department Administrative Aide. This employee provides child pedestrian safety by facilitating safe passage of school children across high traffic streets and intersections. This position is part time and requires serious commitment to be at the crossing guard post on each school day, before and after school hours as required.

REQUIREMENTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must receive a minimum of four hours instruction before performing the duties of a crossing guard. Thereafter, an annual additional two hours of instruction are required.
  3. Must be able to complete time sheets, read and understand written instructions.
  4. Must report to the School Crossing Guard Foreman if he/she is going to be late or absent from their assigned location.
  5. Must be able to hold a hand-held stop sign above the head in an upright position while in the roadway.
  6. Must have the ability to clearly observe vehicle and pedestrian traffic at acceptable distances and to hear at an acceptable level.
  7. Must possess the ability to work effectively with children.
  8. Must assist students by recognizing natural gaps in motor vehicle traffic patterns and safely enlarging natural traffic gaps.
  9. Must be able to display good judgment and respond quickly to emergencies.
  10. Must maintain a neat and clean appearance while on crossing guard duty and wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions.
  11. Must have the ability to work independently and with minimum supervision.
  12. Serve the township in an orderly, diligent, and effective manner and at all times exert his/her best efforts to complete the typical duties as stated in ADDENDUM "A."

The above stated requirements and responsibilities, along with the typical duties as listed on ADDENDUM "A" are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees who are assigned the job classification described as School Crossing Guard. They are not to be constructed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

ADDENDUM "A"

SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD

TYPICAL DUTIES:

  1. Report to designated crossing guard location at the assigned time and remain until duty time expires. The locations and time schedules are as follows:

    Location  Morning Afternoon
    N. Michigan and Shattuck 7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. 3:05 p.m. - 4:35 pm.
    Shattuck and Church  7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.  3:05 p.m. - 3.35 p.m.
    N. Michigan and Rustic 7:25 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Church and Rustic 7:25 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    N. Michigan and Skyhaven 7:25 a.m. - 7:55 a.m. 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Weiss and Gracridge  7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    Carla by Elementary School  7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. 2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    Carla by High School 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  2:55 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  2. Monitor potentially dangerous, hazardous traffic and/or vehicular problems and report them to the Administrative Aide for police department follow through.
  3. Provide safe crossing or passage of school children (and/or pedestrians) pursuant to the procedures learned in the required specialized training course.
  4. Report immediately to the School Crossing Guard Foreman, if unable to report to a designated location at the assigned time.
  5. Read, understand and obey the School Crossing Guard Policy and Procedures statement. (ATTACHMENT "B")

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work that may be assigned to employees assigned the classification of Police Crossing Guard. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

ADDENDUM "B"

SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD POLICY AND PROCEDURE

PURPOSE - To establish a policy and procedure for the Carrollton Township Crossing Guard Program (PA 300 of 1949, Sec. 257.613a/c).

BACKGROUND - The Carrollton Township Crossing Guard Program was established to provide adequate child pedestrian safety and to facilitate safe passage of children across dangerous street intersections.

UNIFORMS and EQUIPMENT - Each school crossing guard in the Township of Carrollton shall be issued the following:

  1. Crossing Guard Vest
  2. Stop Sign

PERSONAL APPEARANCE - It shall be the responsibility of every Carrollton Township crossing guard to maintain a neat and clean appearance while on crossing guard duty and to wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT - While on duty, the crossing guard shall not:

  1. Smoke
  2. Eat breakfast, lunches, etc.
  3. Consume alcoholic beverages, nor have the odor of alcoholic beverages on his/her breath.
  4. Be late for their assigned tour of duty.
  5. Direct traffic; guards are only authorized to stop traffic, not to direct traffic.

TRAINING - It shall be the responsibility of the Carrollton Township Police Department to provide school crossing guard training on an annual basis. The courses of instruction shall be approved by the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of State Police (PA 300 of 1949, Sec. 257.613c(1)).

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES - It shall be the responsibility of each individual crossing guard to:

  1. Predetermine various locations where telephones could be used for reporting emergencies.
  2. Report emergencies to Central Dispatch utilizing the emergency telephone number of 9-1-1.
  3. To accomplish reporting as set forth in procedures outlined in the training sessions.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS - It shall be the responsibility of each individual crossing guard to understand that:

  1. The main goal is the SAFETY and WELFARE of children at the crossing location and that all the crossing guard's attention should be concentrated on the that goal.
  2. Some corners may have safety-patrol children working in conjunction with the crossing guard; a close working relationship should be developed to increase the efficiency of the program.
  3. Children should be instructed in the safe way to cross the street. This will build confidence and assist them in crossing streets not covered by crossing guard personnel.
  4. CHILDREN MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO RUN ACROSS THE STREET. They are to walk in an orderly manner. This will help to develop proper attitudes.
  5. Natural "gaps" (if any) in traffic should be used to take the children across the street.
  6. When stopping vehicular traffic, make signals and gestures DISTINCT, DECISIVE and UNDERSTANDABLE.
  7. If the crossing location has a traffic signal, synchronize crossing guard movements with the signal phasing, being aware of right turns on red.
  8. The hand-held stop sign shall be held in an overhead, upright position anytime the crossing guard is in the crosswalk.

FAILURE TO OBEY CROSSING GUARD SIGNAL - Any motorist violating the crossing guard hand-held stop sign, which is being held in an upright position and visible to approaching traffic shall be reported to the Administrative Aide for follow through with the Police Department. Reporting shall be in accordance with the procedures set forth in the training sessions.

AUTHORITY and RESPONSIBILITIES - The crossing guard's scope of authority and responsibility is limited to crossing guard duties as outlined and does not extend to enforcement and/or regulatory action.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION - Violations of this policy and procedure statement may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

THIS SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD POLICY AND PROCEDURE STATEMENT IS ISSUED BY ORDER OF THE CARROLLTON TOWNSHIP POLICE CHIEF.


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