The Crossing Guard program provides trained crossing guards at key intersections throughout Marin County. Use of crossing guards can reduce the reluctance parents may have in allowing their children to walk or bicycle to school. Crossing guard locations are prioritized based upon proven criteria.
BackgroundOne of the greatest barriers to using alternative modes to schools is the difficulty of crossing Marin's busiest streets. Even with pathway improvements, students' parents are reluctant to allow their children to walk or bike to school if they must cross a busy street. While some schools have attempted to implement volunteer crossing guard programs, experience has suggested that this is not a reasonable long-term strategy, as volunteers can not be counted on every day, in all types of weather, regardless of their personal schedules. Other Bay Area counties, such as Santa Clara, Dublin, and San Francisco, have realized that to eliminate liability concerns and to ensure that there are well trained crossing guards with back-ups for every critical intersection, they must contract with a professional company that specializes in crossing guard programs.
This program uses trained crossing guards for 80 intersections (See Intersection Locations) throughout Marin County. The intersections are prioritized by the Public Works Directors together with the Technical Advisory Committee along with other school related projects, and approved by the Authority. At schools that have volunteer or other types of crossing guard programs, sales tax funds will augment the work that is already being done, making sure that these local funds are put to their best use. The process will provide opportunities for public input.
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