Crosswalk Safety – What You and Your Child
Whether a crossing guard is present or not, student pedestrians should always use the proper search pattern and follow these safety steps:
- Stop at the curb or edge of the street (if a crossing guard is present, do not proceed until directed).
- Look left, right, then left again for approaching traffic.
- If vehicles parked on the street block your view of traffic, move forward to the edge of the line of parked vehicles where you can see in both directions and look left, right and left again.
- At an intersection corner, also check over your shoulder for turning vehicles.
- When safe to go, walk directly across the street at a consistent pace and keep watching for any traffic that might be approaching.
The primary responsibility of an adult school crossing guard is to help children safely cross the street at a school crossing as they walk to and from school.
This is accomplished by:
- Reinforcing safe crossing skills and discouraging unsafe behavior near traffic, such as darting into the street without looking or crossing against a traffic signal.
- Using and extending gaps in traffic to help students cross safely. At a crosswalk without a signal or stop sign, when gaps in traffic are not long enough for children to safely cross the street (i.e., unless drivers stop), a guard creates an adequate gap by stopping traffic temporarily. The guard stops traffic with a hand signal or a STOP paddle, then verbally directs children to cross the street. The guard is always the first person in the street and the last person out of the street.
- Observing and reporting any incidents or conditions that present a potential safety hazard to the school children or guard.
For Crossing Guard procedures, see pages 16-18 of the Florida School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines.