School Crossing Guards are mainly responsible for providing school children with safe and protected access to and from their school. They are tasked with communicating and enforcing the policies of the Springfield Public Schools to all of those who are within the vicinity and make sure children understand and follow the rules. School Crossing Guards will attain their on the job training as they perform their duties. However, they may have to undergo further training in traffic laws and hand signals to direct traffic flow. All School Crossing Guards should be able to interact with children and pedestrians in a friendly manner and be able to react quickly to potential dangers that can affect children. The minimum age of a School Crossing Guard is 21.
School Crossing Guards are primarily responsible for escorting or directing children/pedestrians across streets and stopping traffic as necessary. This responsibility extends to children getting on and off of school buses who must cross streets. School Crossing Guards will control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at street crossings. School Crossing Guards will communicate rules of safety crossing practices to children they are responsible for. School Crossing Guards will learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within their assigned area. School Crossing Guards will monitor traffic flow to identify safe gaps through which students/pedestrians may cross streets. School Crossing Guards are to follow basic principles of student safety at all times. School Crossing Guards are to establish good relationships with the students, school staff and parents. School Crossing Guards are expected to work in conjunction with school bus drivers to ensure children who must cross streets to board a bus or cross after leaving the bus are safe. School Crossing Guards should possess active listening skills and understand what children, parents and staff are attempting to communicate to you. You must have the ability to convey information effectively. School Crossing Guards should possess problem solving skills incorporating sensitivity along with speech clarity and perceptiveness. School Crossing Guards should be able to follow general rules when caring for children. School Crossing Guards should have knowledge of public safety and security policies and procedures. School Crossing Guards should have the ability to assess the needs of children and those around them. Having knowledge of child behavior is imperative. School Crossing Guards have hours and a work schedule that are determined on an annual basis. School Crossing Guards are employed on a part time, seasonal basis and only work when school is in session. School Crossing Guards will refrain from the use of obscene or harsh language. School Crossing Guards will only wear clothing that is appropriate as outlined in the dress code expectations issued to each employee at the start of employment or the school year. School Crossing Guards will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. School Crossing Guards must be self-motivated and possess the ability to work with minimum supervision. School Crossing Guards are required to work both morning and afternoon shifts. School Crossing Guards are required to be standing and visible at their posts throughout the entire shift. Sitting in cars while on duty is strictly prohibited. Use of tobacco products and electronic devices is strictly prohibited.
- High School Diploma
- Associates Degree preferred
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must be City of Springfield resident
Location/Region: Springfield, MA