OVERVIEW

  • What is School Safety Patrol?
    School Safety Patrols are school-sponsored student volunteers from upper elementary, middle, and junior high schools. Patrols direct children, not traffic. As school-age leaders in traffic safety, patrol members teach other students about traffic safety on a peer-to-peer basis. They also serve as role models for younger children who look up to them. School Safety Patrol members:

    • Complete training in traffic safety 
    • Protect students from the hazards of crossing roads and highways on their way to and from school 
    • Teach fellow students about traffic safety. 
    • Serve other leadership functions under the direction of school officials 
    • Work with adults and high school students to assist in Safety Patrols. 

    What are the benefits of School Safety Patrol?

    Students Gain:

    • Safety Awareness 
    • Leadership 
    • Teamwork 
    • Pride 
    • Citizenship 
    • Respect for Law Enforcement 

    Schools Benefit from Opportunities to Promote:

    • Traffic Safety Awareness 
    • Peer-to-Peer Education 
    • Character-Building Opportunities 
    • A Constructive Outlet for Students’ Energy 
    • A positive relationship with parents, law enforcement, and the overall community Communities benefit from: 
      • Safer Environments for Pedestrians and Motorists
      • A Spirit of Volunteerism and Civic-Mindedness 
      • A Positive Collaboration between Students, Parents, Schools, and Law Enforcement

    Who is eligible to participate in School Safety Patrol?

    Students in Grades 5-8 are eligible to serve on the school’s Safety Patrol. After submitting an application, members will be chosen based on various factors:

    • Leadership 
    • Maturity 
    • Reliability 
    • Ability to Follow Rules 
    • Punctuality 
    • Health (or ability to perform duties) 
    • Interest in Traffic Safety 
    • Sound Judgment 
    • Good Attendance Record 
    • Courtesy 
    • Respect for Classmates and Others 
    • Desire to Help Others 

    What is the training for School Safety Patrol members?

    Formal training will begin in the fall of the school year; however, students will attend refresher courses throughout the course of the year. All training will be free to the students, and it will cover the following elements:

    • Fundamentals of Traffic Safety
    • Duties of Each Patrol Post
    • Identifying Sufficient Gaps in Traffic to Allow Safe Crossing 
    • Special Hazards 
    • Dealing with Pedestrians 
    • School Bus Safety Procedures 
    • Safety Procedures on School Grounds 
    • Maintaining Records (for officers)

    Additional Information

    • Participating students should submit an application for entry into the program.
      • Applications are available from the office or the Safety Patrol Advisor.
    • Students will earn additional incentives for dedication to the program such as additional field trips and experiences throughout the school year. 
    • Students will serve on the Safety Patrol for the entire school year. 
    • Students must be available before and after school during their assigned patrol times and dates.

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