The City of Austin's Safe Routes to School Crossing Guard Program provides adult crossing guards to help young students safely walk and bike to and home from school. Each crossing guard receives thorough training about their specific duties, local traffic regulations and crossing techniques. Safe Routes employs 230 crossing guards and crossing guard supervisors at 97 elementary schools throughout Austin ISD and in six neighboring school districts.
Become a Crossing Guard
Safe Routes needs friendly neighborhood crossing guards for schools across Austin! The hourly rate for crossing guards is currently $15/hr.
Crossing Guards must be able to:
Clearly communicate verbally and in writing with children, supervisor, school employees, other city employees and the general public.
Understand verbal and written instructions.
Walk or stand in adverse weather conditions, including extreme heat, cold, rain, thunderstorms, etc.
Hear and see approaching traffic or pedestrians and perceive and appropriately respond to potential traffic hazards.
Raise and carry a stop sign weighing up to 5 pounds upright, continuously for up to 2 minutes each crossing activity.
Push or pull a child weighing up to 100 pounds when necessary.
All crossing guard requests must be supported by the school’s Campus Advisory Council (CAC). Once the CAC has approved, school staff and parents can request a crossing guard for their elementary school by phone or online via Austin 3-1-1. Requests must include the specific intersection for the proposed crossing guard.
Safe Routes then reviews the intersection on an unannounced fair-weather day to see how many students walk or bike through this intersection. Usually, at least 20 children must cross the intersection during school zone hours to warrant a crossing guard, although Safe Routes also considers the following factors:
Line of sight issues
Ratio of adults to children crossing intersection
Host a Volunteer Crossing Guard Training at Your School
Some schools, including some middle or high schools, may not qualify for a paid City of Austin Crossing Guard. However, Principals of these schools may request a Crossing Guard Training for one or more volunteers. Safe Routes will provide the training and equipment; schools requesting Crossing Guard Trainings are responsible for any recruiting, scheduling, or compensation for volunteers.