Crossing guards needed in Pinellas County
Pinellas County has a shortage of crossing guards this year.
The Pinellas County Sheriff's office, which runs the program, said there are 130 guards right now for 184 posts at elementary and middle schools in Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Oldsmar, Seminole, Madeira Beach and unincorporated areas of the county. One high school also is covered. The positions are paid. (The shifts are two hours and pay $23.69 total.) Applicants must take a polygraph test and do a background screening.
Here's what the sheriff's office says about the positions:
"School Crossing guards assist children and other pedestrian traffic across streets at designated intersections during the hours when children are going to and returning from school. Crossing Guards are expected to remain alert at all times in order to prevent hazardous traffic situations and help children travel to and from school in a safe manner. They must have knowledge of basic traffic laws, as well as be reliable and dependable. Good eyesight and hearing are mandatory.
Each school crossing guard attends a mandatory six-hour classroom training session and two-hours of field training. This is followed up with three days of field training at the guard's assigned post.
Persons interested in applying may contact School Crossing Guard Program Coordinator Sharon Lough at (727) 582-5641."