Crossing Guard Patrol Now on Duty at Crestview Heights School – and they’re looking for more crossing guards!!
Busy drivers sometimes find it difficult to see youngsters in a crowded parking lot.
At Crestview Heights School in Waldport, a newly established traffic patrol program gives parents and other drivers a hard-to-miss reminder to slow down and be careful during the morning and afternoon rush
Members of the school’s Student Crossing Guard Patrol wear bright vests or rain jackets. With fluorescent green-yellow “School” banners, and long-handled “Stop” paddles, they slow and manage traffic flow through the parking lot and provide guidance to pedestrians, with assistance from an adult patrol member.
Last fall, Lincoln County School District approved new crossing guard protocol for district schools that aligns with state policies and best practices. Kelly Beaudry, principal at Crestview Heights, immediately jumped on the idea of having a student patrol at her grade K-8 school.
She invited fifth- and sixth-grade students to write a short letter explaining why they want to be a school crossing guard. Based on the student’s letter, academics, and attendance, six students were selected to be members of the first Crestview Heights School crossing guard team. Shortly after, these students and a few school staff members participated in a training at the school provided by the Oregon Department of Education.
In addition, students sign a pledge to faithfully perform their duties, and to do their part to help reduce traffic accidents and to make their school a model for safety.
The Crestview Heights patrol kicked off at the end of February, with adult members only on patrol to alert drivers to the new program; the student patrol began the following week.
Not only does the program increase safety awareness, it fosters a sense of responsibility, good citizenship, and leadership in the students selected to be crossing guards, Beaudry says.
Funding for the safety equipment, attire, and training was provided by the Oregon Department of Education.