Are you new to the area and want to know which crosswalks are staffed with school crossing guards? Or maybe you have thought that about becoming a crossing guard because it is a great way to give back to the community.
The City of Sunnyvale has an Adult School Crossing Guard Program that staffs 40-45 part-time crossing guards at strategic locations throughout the city. They also keep alternate crossing guards on staff to substitute when a regular crossing guard is sick or needs the day off.
The Adult School Crossing Guard Program was created more than fifty years ago in Sunnyvale as a way to help protect children in crossing areas on their way to and from school. The program is administered by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety and the City’s Traffic Engineering Department conducts studies to determine where, in Sunnyvale, school crossing guards should be staffed.
The role of an adult crossing guard is to serve as an easily recognized indicator that cars must stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Those who do not stop and ignore the adult crossing guard’s direction to stop can, under section 42001 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC Section 2815), be cited for an infraction and other penalties under the vehicle code.
To view maps of where crossing guards are placed at schools near you, visit: sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/PublicSafety. If you are interested in becoming an adult school crossing guard or an alternate school crossing guard, call the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety at 408-730-7104.