EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

Crossing guards are in demand around the state

Aug 12, 2021, 12:27 PM | Updated: 12:32 pm
Crossing guard Heather Childs helps students cross the street near Hawthorn Academy and Westvale El...
As the start of school approaches, the need for crossing guards is in demand around the state. File photo.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2293276607475849&ref=watch_permalink

ST GEORGE, Utah — On Thursday, kids around the St George area went back to school. But they don’t have enough crossing guards by the elementary school buildings.

“Behind me here, I have an animal control officer who is crossing someone,” said St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell in a Facebook live video as kids walked to school. “We have various officers at different ones because we do not have enough crossing guards right now.”

Several cities are looking to hire crossing guards

St. George is not the only city looking to hire more help quickly. Many cities have posted the help wanted signs by schools and on their websites.

“I’ve had reports where guards had to pull kids back because cars don’t stop,” said North Ogden Police Special Resources Officer Tracy Preece. She spoke to KSL TV this week.

It’s a part time job, for only an hour or so in the morning and afternoon. Officials said it’s ideal for stay at home parents, retirees, grandparents or anyone wanting to make their community safer.

St. George says they pay around $14.89 an hour. North Ogden told KSL TV they pay $25 an hour.

Now is the time to be careful

The other thing these officers want you to know, is that now is the time to really drive much more slowly and carefully in school zones.

School starts along the Wasatch Front the week of Aug. 16, with others the week of Aug. 23.

“When the stop sign is up, you cannot go through the intersection,” Mitchell said. “And you cannot drive through a striped crosswalk if anyone is walking there, no matter what lane. We appreciate you guys being patient, being alert, driving without being distracted and doing what you can to keep all these kids safe.”

Read more

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Education + Schools

SLCC to host Black History Month events....
Waverly Golden

Salt Lake Community College to host Black History Month events

The Salt Lake City Community College is hosting numerous events in recognition of Black History Month including a film viewing and panel.
2 days ago
One of the topics being discussed during the 2023 Utah Legislative Session is how to combat the tea...
Mark Jones

Bill would allow individuals to become teachers without a bachelor’s degree

A bill being discussed on in the legislative session would allow for individuals to become teachers without obtaining a bachelor's degree.
4 days ago
Computer systems in the Alpine School District are being investigated after the district's technolo...
Adam Small

Alpine schools investigating “suspicious” computer activity

The issue involves the Alpine district's computer software. On Tuesday, the district said they noticed suspicious activity.
4 days ago
snow shovel driveway dialysis...
Mark Jones

Cold weather causes late start for Logan City School District Wednesday

The Logan City School District and the Cache County School District will be on two-hour late starts on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
5 days ago
A bill working its way through the Utah Legislature could open the door for online, private, charte...
Adam Small

Non-public-school students could more easily play sports under a new bill

Bill sponsor, Rep. Jordan Teuscher, R-South Jordan, said the bill would level the playing field for some students.
5 days ago
A group of students at the Jean Massieu School of the Deaf is making blankets for pet dogs and cats...
Allie Litzinger

Students making pet blankets to donate to the Humane Society of Utah

The Kindness Club at Jean Massieu School of the Deaf is making blankets for pet dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Utah.
5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Crossing guards are in demand around the state