The School Crossing Guard Program is an integral element in the Safe Routes to School program, which is dedicated to providing safe bicycle and pedestrian routes to and from school, for elementary and middle school aged children.
History of the Program
In 1991, 7-year old Ramon Turnquest was struck by a truck as he stepped off the curb onto a busy south Florida roadway, holding his mother’s hand, on his way to the first day of school. Ramon died as a result of his injuries, as his mother and 5-year old brother stood by.
Soon after, The Ramon Turnquest School Crossing Guard Act (Florida State Statute 316.75) was enacted, requiring counties with a population of 75,000 or more to provide standardized training for school crossing guards through guidelines adopted by the Florida Department of Transportation.
About the Program
The Orlando Police Department’s School Crossing Guard Program currently has 104 crossing guards covering posts at 37 schools throughout the City. These dedicated individuals work in the inclement weather to make sure our children are safe. They work an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. There is no experience necessary to become a school crossing guard, as you will be trained to the State of Florida Standards upon being hired. All safety equipment is provided at no cost to you.
The minimum requirements to become a school crossing guard are as follows:
- Can comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English
- Are observant and safety-oriented
- Able to pass a physical agility test, drug screening and state mandated training
- Legally eligible to work in the United States
- You are at least 18 years of age
- Have reliable transportation
- You are able to work in adverse conditions, such as inclement weather and close to traffic.
If you are interested in becoming a Adult School Crossing Guard and are able to meet the minimum qualifications, please print and return the completed application to:
Orlando Police Department’s School Crossing Guard Unit
Attention: Danielle Campbell
PO Box 913
Orlando, FL 32802
You may also fill out the application in person, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Information Desk, located inside the lobby at the Orlando Police Department Headquarters – 100 S. Hughey Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.
If you have any further questions please contact the Traffic Safety Supervisor, Danielle Campbell, at 407.246.2814.