Crossing guards prepare to keep your kids safe

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- As students across the Phoenix metro area prepare to head back to school, their crossing guards are getting a refresher course on keeping kids safe.  The Maricopa Association of Governments is offering Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops in the next few weeks. 

Some 500 crossing guards will learn about essential crossing-guard procedures, information on the health and welfare of guards and resources available from police and fire departments to help them ensure the children’s safety.

According to MAG, special sessions will review traffic laws regarding crosswalks, procedures that must be followed in the crosswalks and proper equipment that guards rely on to perform their duties safely and effectively. 

Don Cross is the school safety coordinator for the city of Phoenix.  He stresses the importance of controlling the students to his school crossing guards.  He says it’s also important that they remember that it is not their job to direct traffic, only to make sure students are able to cross the street safely.

Cross also asks parents to partner with the guards.  While it seems like common sense, as moms and dads drive through and near a cross walk, they need to watch closely for children who may not be watching for cars.  Also, when around crosswalks, he asks parents to stay off their cell phones, obey the speed limit and if walking with their children, cross the street where the guards are located, and not mid-block.  Finally, he asks parents not to stop their vehicles in the crosswalk to drop off their children.

School crossing guards that are interested in participating in the training workshops must preregister. Information and registration forms are available at the MAG website

Also, MAG offers instructional videos for school crossing guards online in both English (http://srts.azmag.gov/video/video.asp) and Spanish (http://srts.azmag.gov/video/video_spanish.asp).