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Officials struggle to find crossing guards

October 05, 2017 06:29 AM

Parents contacted News10NBC concerned about kids as they walk to and from school. Crossing guards help keep your kids safe, but many of you say there aren't enough of them.

We looked into the problem and we found out people just aren't applying for these crossing guard positions. There are a few reasons why there might be a shortage of crossing guards. 

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One reason might be the work hours. They are not typical since this is a part time job with a split schedule. A crossing guard works a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening when the kids get out of school.

Bill Reilich, Greece Town Supervisor, says it's been a challenge to find crossing guards. Reilich says the town has four crossing guards, which is fully staffed, but he’d like to have alternates.

"We're just one person away from being short," Reilich said. 

Reilich acknowledged this unique position is hard to fill, but it is a rewarding job.

"It takes a special person, it takes somebody that certainly has an appreciation and love of children, somebody that has a clean background, and someone that has a schedule that would allow them to work a couple hours in the morning and night,” Reilich said. “It may fit people who are retired; it's a select market.”

When crossing guards aren't available, police officers stand in for them. This takes the officers away from their regular duties.

Greece, Rochester and Canandaigua  are all accepting applications for crossing guards. The pay depends on the area and your experience. Some towns and cities have crossing guard unions. 

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Kaci Jones

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