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?
- Safety Awareness
- 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:
- Ability to Follow Rules
- Health (or ability to perform duties)
- Interest in Traffic Safety
- Sound Judgment
- Good Attendance Record
- 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)
- 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.