What do Crossing Guards do?

Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.
  • Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic as necessary.
  • Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites.
  • Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults.
  • Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.
  • Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.
  • Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.
  • Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.
  • Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.
  • Discuss traffic routing plans and control point locations with superiors.
  • Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites.

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Necessary Skills

  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Service Orientation
  • Coordination
  • Critical Thinking

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