Number of NJ districts face crossing guard shortage. Here’s what one town is doing to combat the problem.

A number of districts across New Jersey, as well as the country, are facing a crossing guard shortage as some kids start walking to school.

News 12 Staff

Aug 31, 2022, 9:23 AM

Updated 628 days ago

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A number of districts across New Jersey, as well as the country, are facing a crossing guard shortage as some kids start walking to school.
In a town such as Summit, they are even increasing their rates to $50 a day.
“We've recently increased it because we didn't have enough crossing guards to fill posts,” says officer Jeffrey Deets. “When there is no crossing guard on post, unfortunately, we as police have to take over which pulls us away from emergency calls.”
Police have a couple reasons why there might be a shortage. 
“It takes a special person,” says Sgt. Charles Daly. “One, you have to like working outside because you're going to be out in the elements.”
There are two shifts per day -- one for morning drop off and back later for the afternoon pick up.
“The goal is to make sure that the kids are getting across the street safely and following all the traffic laws,” says Deets. “Some of the posts, there are traffic lights, so they are teaching the kids along with getting them across the road safely.”
To become a crossing guard, you need to fill out an application, interview, pass a background check, get equipped and train for about a week with an officer.


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