Generic Crossings

  • 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.

Stop Signs

  • 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.”

Bad Weather

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.


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