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Pinellas County needs crossing guards



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. (We are trying to find out how much.) And applicants must take a polygraph test and do a background screening.




Persons interested in applying may contact School Crossing Guard Program
Coordinator Sharon Lough at (727) 582-5641.

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.

As with all Sheriff's Office positions, applicants must submit to a background
checks and a polygraph test.

The School Crossing Guard Program began in 1972 as a volunteer program.
Through the years the program has grown to meet and adhere to F.D.O.T.
standards. 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.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office School Crossing Guard Program is an award
winning program. In 2010 it was selected by the State of Florida as the
Florida School Crossing Guard Program of the Year.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:38am]


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