New Jersey Department of Health, Adult School Crossing Guards — A webpage providing links to state resources.
“Stop and Stay Stopped” Law for Pedestrians:
New Jersey legislation passed in April 2010 requires motorists to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians crossing the roadway within marked crosswalks.
Crossing Guards and their Supervisors should be aware of the following New Jersey traffic regulations that support safer school crossings:
- Motorists must stop and remain stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway within a marked crosswalk, when the pedestrian is upon, or within one lane of, the half of the roadway that the vehicle is traveling or turning.
- Motorists shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except when movement is being directed by police, traffic control signal or where otherwise prohibited by municipal, county or State regulation and except where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead crossing is provided.
- Every intersection without a marked crosswalk is considered an unmarked crosswalk.
For more information about this law, please visit the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety website.
New Jersey Laws and Legislation about Crossing Guards (PDF) — This document includes laws and legislation concerning crossing guards and supporting crossing guards in the performance of their duties.
Community Safety Leadership Crossing Guard Manual (PDF) — The Community Safety Leadership Program gives elected officials information they need to deal with safety concerns.
NJ Crossing Guard Training Program Summary Report 2013:(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 summarized.
Equipment Tip Sheet for Crossing Guard Supervisors (PDF): This tip sheet reviews crossing guard uniform and equipment that are:
- Best Practice
- Useful Additions
- Reminder about what should not be used at their post
The tip sheet also includes information regarding:
- NJ Statute on uniforms
- NJ Stop and Stay Stopped law
- FHWA/MUTCD standards for safety vests and STOP paddles
NJ Crossing Guard Expectations and Duties Tip Sheet (PDF) — A handy card to carry with quick tips on expectations and duties of crossing guards. These cards can be printed and kept on hand for quick referencing. If you would like to order more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJ Crossing Guard Crossing Procedures Tip Sheet (PDF) — Quick tips on proper crossing guard procedures. These cards can be printed and kept on hand for quick referencing. If you would like to order more, please email email@example.com.
More Than Crossing Streets ( PDF) – Research on the state of the school crossing guard training and working conditions in New Jersey led to the development of current best practices in use throughout the country. The research results were used in the preparation of a Model Municipal School Crossing Guard Policy, which will serve as a guide for municipal police departments and, specifically, for crossing guard supervisors in the hiring, training and management of their employees. The intent of the policy is to clarify the role of school crossing guards and to encourage consistent supervision to improve job performance and safety. In addition, the research conducted for this study will help frame the future development of a school crossing guard training program, a train-the-trainer program, and/or a crossing guard web-based resource center.