What is School Safety Patrol?


School Safety Patrols are school-sponsored student volunteers from upper elementary, middle, and junior high schools. Patrols direct children, not traffic. As school-age leaders in traffic safety, patrol members teach other students about traffic safety on a peer-to-peer basis. They also serve as role models for younger children who look up to them.

School Safety Patrol members:

  • Complete training in traffic safety

  • Protect students from the hazards of crossing roads and highways on their way to and from school

  • Teach fellow students about traffic safety.

  • Serve other leadership functions under the direction of school officials

  • Work with adults and high school students to assist in Safety Patrols.


What are the benefits of School Safety Patrol?


Students Gain:

  • Safety Awareness

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • Pride

  • Citizenship

  • Respect for Law Enforcement


Schools Benefit from Opportunities to Promote:

  • Traffic Safety Awareness

  • Peer-to-Peer Education

  • Character-Building Opportunities

  • A Constructive Outlet for Students’ Energy

  • A positive relationship with parents, law enforcement, and the overall community Communities benefit from:

  • Safer Environments for Pedestrians and Motorists

  • A Spirit of Volunteerism and Civic-Mindedness

  • A Positive Collaboration between Students, Parents, Schools, and Law Enforcement


Who is eligible to participate in School Safety Patrol?


Students in Grades 5 - 8 (at the start of next year) are eligible to serve on the school’s Safety Patrol. After submitting an application, members will be chosen based on various factors:

  • Leadership

  • Maturity

  • Reliability

  • Ability to Follow Rules

  • Punctuality

  • Health (or ability to perform duties)

  • Interest in Traffic Safety

  • Sound Judgment

  • Good Attendance Record

  • Courtesy

  • Respect for Classmates and Others

  • Desire to Help Others


What is the training for School Safety Patrol members?


Formal training will begin in the Fall of 2015; however, students will attend refresher courses throughout the course of the year. All training will be free to the students, and it will cover the following elements:

  • Fundamentals of Traffic Safety

  • Duties of Each Patrol Post

  • Identifying Sufficient Gaps in Traffic to Allow Safe Crossing

  • Special Hazards

  • Dealing with Pedestrians

  • School Bus Safety Procedures

  • Safety Procedures on School Grounds

  • Maintaining Records (for officers)


Additional Information

  • Participating students should submit an application for entry into the program.

    • Applications are available from the office or the Safety Patrol Supervisor.

  • Students will earn additional incentives for dedication to the program such as additional field trips and experiences throughout the school year.

  • Students will serve on the Safety Patrol for the entire school year.

  • Students must be available before and after school during their assigned patrol times and dates.


Contact: Mr. Knutson, Teacher and Safety Patrol Advisor