District in search of crossing guards for 2020-21 school year


Kaylee Aguilar

Coppell ISD is searching for community members who can be crossing guards for elementary and middle schoolers. Those hired are expected to guide students across neighborhood streets and help control pedestrian traffic.

Jillian Moore, Staff Writer

Despite Coppell ISD remaining closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year due to COVID-19, the district is still looking for new crossing guards for next year.  

Crossing guards are needed for both elementary and middle schools. Those interested in applying for positions for the 2020-21 school year can still submit applications at this time. 

New crossing guards will be paid $12 per hour with a $50 signing bonus. Because crossing guards are only needed during the start and end times of the elementary and middle schools, working hours include two hours every day from 7:10-8:10 a.m and 2:55-3:55 p.m. 

No prior experience is necessary. However, those interested in applying must already have a high school diploma or GED. 

According to the CISD website, applicants must be able to walk on their own, hold a stop sign, follow written and verbal instructions, be in a physical condition that permits job performance and have the ability to interact with students and the public. 

“We need individuals who are mobile and can take control of the crosswalk when needed,” CISD assistant director of child nutrition Amy Curry said. 

The job’s responsibilities include safely assisting students across the street, observing gaps in the traffic to ensure safe crossing, visibly displaying a stop sign to traffic and staying at the specific location for the entire scheduled work time. 

“[The district] would need to interview them and make sure they are very responsible people who show up on time because you can’t be late and make kids try and cross the street by themselves,” Coppell High School Principal Laura Springer said. 

Prior to school closure, most major intersections were staffed by crossing guards. However, two additional positions are available at Hampton and Parkway near Cottonwood Creek Elementary. Having adults in the pathway of students walking home also ensures students are responsible and have an adult to report to if they need help. 

“You absolutely need [crossing guards] for small children anywhere near the major intersections because they don’t know yet that people aren’t going to stop for them,” Springer said. 

Those looking to apply can visit www.coppellisd.com to find employment applications. 

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