- After determining a safe gap in traffic, be sure to look left, right, in front and behind for approaching or turning vehicles.
- When the road is clear, step aside facing traffic and point one of your arms toward the intersection.
- Motion with your other arm for kids to cross.
- Tell any other approaching kids to stay behind the holding position while you check again for a safe gap in traffic.
- Bicycle riders should walk their bikes across the street.
- Be sure to continue checking for approaching, turning or speeding cars.
- Warn students to hurry if a car approaches.
- Never tell students to stop in the middle of the street.
- If your post is at a stop sign, never allow kids to cross the street in front of a stopped car.
- Even if the driver of the car motions for the kids to cross, do not allow them to cross the street.
- Make eye contact with the driver and shake your head “no.”
- Once the car has driven away and it is safe to cross, you may then allow the students to cross the street.
Sometimes, you may need to look around a parked vehicle. When you do, here are things to keep in mind:
- Before entering the roadway, make sure the car is parked and not moving.
- Tell kids to stay on the curb until you give the signal that it is safe to cross.
- Take just a few steps into the street, but not beyond the parked car, so you can check around it for approaching vehicles.
- Once the road is clear, step aside and motion for kids to cross.
- Remember to continue using your visual reference points and look for turning vehicles.
- This is the only time you are allowed to step into the street.
- If cars are continually blocking your view, be sure to alert your patrol advisor.
- Sometimes, your view may be blocked due to a tree, hill or curve. If this happens, you may need another patroller to help you see beyond the obstruction. This patroller is called a “spotter.”
Sometimes, bad weather such as rain, snow, sleet or fog makes it more difficult to see or for drivers to stop their vehicle.
- Even on bad-weather days, patrollers must show up for duty on time.
- Allow extra time for students to cross by choosing visual reference points that are farther away.
- In bad weather, it takes cars more time to stop.
- Rain and fog make it harder for drivers to see traffic signs and kids.
- If it is snowing or icy, patrollers should listen to TV or weather announcements. You can also call your school to see if school is closed or starting late.
- Also watch for out-of-control vehicles when roads are wet or icy.