Crossing Guard Supervisor Training (PDF) has been offered since 2013. Numerous communities across the state of New Jersey have participated.
NJ Crossing Guard Training Program 2014 Report (PDF) – The following report reviews results of the crossing guard supervisor pre-and post-training questionnaires and the pre- and post-training quizzes taken by the supervisors and the crossing guards. Lessons learned and next steps are also summarized.
The NJ School Zone Design Guide (PDF) – provides guidance for the community, government and schools involved in the effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities to walk and bicycle to school. This Guide was prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation by the RBA Group and Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
NJ Crossing Guard Training Manual (PDF) – Provides guidance on crossing guard training and supervision.
Crossing Guard Post Observation Report NJ (PDF) – Crossing guard supervisors should inspect guard posts on an annual or semi-annual basis. Supervisors can use this form to record conditions specific to the post and to record deficiencies at the post that might affect the safety of the crossing guard or child pedestrians.
Model Municipal Crossing Guard Policy (Word) — This model policy was developed as a guide for New Jersey municipalities seeking to adopt a School Crossing Guard Policy. This document can be changed to fit the needs of each community.
Linden’s School Crossing Guard Policy (PDF) — A great example of a crossing guard policy
Recognize your Crossing Guard today!
Schools and communities throughout New Jersey are encouraged to recognize the contributions of Crossing Guards who assist children and students every day to safely cross streets on their walk to and from school!
Celebrate the contributions of your school community’s crossing guards!
Here are some ideas to recognize your crossing guards:
- Students, parents, and other community members can sign Thank You cards and present them to crossing guards. A Thank you card template (WORD) can be customized or design your own!
- Work with your local government to recognize these municipal employees with a certificate at a town council meeting, school board meeting and/or school event. Here is a sample Template Recognition Certificate for Crossing Guards in Powerpoint that you can use and customize.
- Coordinate with your municipal police department to present a pedestrian safety program in the schools and invite your crossing guards.
- Work with your school’s PTO or PTA to organize a thank you breakfast for your crossing guards.
- Recognize your crossing guards in the school newsletter, school email and on the website. Send the notice to the local media.
- Post a thank you on outdoor school notice boards and lighted signs.
- Create a thank you banner and hang it at the crossing guard post.
- Post flyers around school and town to remind people to thank a crossing guard.
- Simply say “Thank you” to your crossing guard.
- During your school’s daily PA announcements, inform students about the recognition initiatives and encourage students to give their crossing guards a big smile and thank you.
- Ask parents to donate a small token of appreciation for each guard (pocket hand warmers, a cookie, a thank you card, etc.).
- Solicit local businesses to donate gift cards or a small gift that could be given to your crossing guard.
There are many inexpensive ways to show your appreciation to your crossing guards!
Thank your crossing guard today and everyday!
Crossing Guard Performance Checklist NJ (PDF) – Crossing guards’ understanding of their role and standard crossing procedures may be assessed through use of the Performance Checklist for New Jersey Crossing Guards. The Performance Checklist may be used on an annual basis to provide information for retraining sessions.
Placement and Gap Assessment (PDF) — Many factors contribute to the need for a Crossing Guard. General federal guidance states that “adult crossing guards may be used to provide gaps in traffic at school crossings where an engineering study has shown that adequate gaps need to be created and where authorized by law.” The following guidance can help determine if a particular location requires the use of a crossing guard or police officer.
Federal Standards for Crossing Guards — Link to the website for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices 2009 Edition.