As traffic continues to increase on North Carolina’s streets and highways, concern has grown over the safety of our children as they walk to and from school. At the same time, health agencies, alarmed at the increase in obesity and inactivity among children, are encouraging parents and communities to get their children walking and biking to school.
In response, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation funded a study on pedestrian issues, including school zone safety, and decided to establish a consistent training program for law enforcement officers responsible for school crossing guards. According to the office of the North Carolina Attorney General, school crossing guards may be considered traffic control officers when proper training is provided as specified in GS 20-114.1.
In 1998, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation (DBPT) developed a program to train local law enforcement officers who are responsible for training school crossing guards in their respective jurisdictions. Funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, this initiative arose from the need to reduce crashes in school zones.
Once the course was developed, DBPT sponsored two pilot workshops in Winston-Salem and Fayetteville. Participants in those workshops provided feedback and suggestions that were then incorporated into the course, which was last updated in 1999.
With the revised course in place, DBPT sponsored training workshops for school officials and law enforcement offices responsible for training crossing guards in various locations across the state. Seventy-six officer-trainers representing 42 different jurisdictions were trained:
- Buncombe County
- Catawba County
- Elizabeth City
- High Point
- Kings Mountain
- Mt. Holly
- New Hanover
- Roanoke Rapids
- Rocky Mount
- Stanly County
- Wake County
Law enforcement agencies interested in participating in the School Crossing Guard Training Program should contact the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation by phone, (919) 707-2600 or by contact us.
The objectives of this course are twofold:
- To protect North Carolina school children by standardizing instruction and procedures for crossing guards so that motorists across the state will know what to expect as they travel through school zones across the state.
- To teach children proper pedestrian skills so they will cross safely at other times and locations.
The one-day course includes a morning session devoted to understanding laws about pedestrians and school crossing guards and examining the Instructor’s Manual, which contains everything a person will need to conduct a training course for guards themselves. The afternoon session involves actual practice crossing students at a simulated intersection.
This manual consists of two main parts. The first part includes the instructional materials used to train the trainers of school crossing guards. It provides information on implementing a school crossing guard program, the laws that govern school crossing guards, and administrative aids to assist the crossing guard trainer to be more effective. The second portion serves as a curriculum to train the local school crossing guards who will be on site at schools.
NC School Crossing Guard Training Manual
Part 2 – For Participants