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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques
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Crossing Guard 5 Techniques

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The Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard training.

The Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard training.

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  • Message The goal of this module is that participants will understand and utilize proper crossing techniques in their crossing guard duties. Participants will recall the use of school crossing guard equipment and proper hand gestures and verbal commands. You will recall the importance of visibility and conspicuity. Lastly, you will recall proper crossing procedures at different crosswalk types and under bad weather conditions.
  • Message Three (3) uniform/equipment items are required: 1. A fluorescent and retro-reflective vest (that complies with MUTCD section 7E.04). 2. A retro-reflective Stop Paddle (that conforms to the guidelines in MUTCD section 7E.05) and/or flourescent or retro-reflective orange or yellow-green gloves. Gloves must be retro-reflective if used during periods of darkness, and 4. A whistle Ask the Class: What is retro-reflectivity? Retroreflectivity is a property of a surface that allows a large portion of the light coming from a point source to be returned directly back to a point near its origin (MUTCD). Reference U.S. Department of Transportation ( USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. 2003 Edition, R1 2004 & R2 2007. http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/pdfs/2003r1r2/pdf_index.htm
  • Message This picture was taken early in the morning at a crosswalk location and it shows how the vest's retroreflectivity helps to make the guard much more conspicous to a motorist in low light conditions. Key Point: There are 3 mandatory crossing guard equipment items: 1.) Fluorescent/retroreflective vest, 2) whistle, 3) retro-reflective stop paddle and/or fluorescent gloves.
  • Message Pictured here are crossing guards who are properly equipped. Ask the Class: Does anyone have any questions about Crossing Guard Equipment and Uniforms?
  • Message Before we start the discussion on visibility and conspicuity, let's review these definitions - Visibility is the quality or fact or degree of being visible; perceptible by the eye or obvious to the eye. - Conspicuity is the state or quality of being clear or bright; brightness; conspicuousness.
  • Message Visibility and conspicuity contribute to the safety of the guard and students. A fluorescent/retro-reflective vest makes guards more conspicuous to motorists while in the street reducing pedestrian/vehicle crashes. A guard's presence (visibility) tends to deter unlawful and unsafe acts by pedestrians and motorists.
  • Message Ask the Class: Can you identify good clothing in the picture? These children are wearing bright colors and designs on their shirts.
  • Message Some examples include: 1. Visual Clutter – street signs, advertisements, etc. 2. Visual barriers – trees and bushes, parked cars, mailboxes, trash cans, and piled debris, etc. 3. In-Vehicle Distractions – kids, cell phones, make-up, radios, GPS navigation systems, DVD players, etc. 4. Outside-Vehicle Distractions – car wrecks, things going on of interest, people, etc.
  • Message These next three slides show how pedestrians should properly search for traffic before entering and while in the roadway. The first slide is at a midblock crosswalk.
  • Message The second is for crosswalks at intersections that include looking over the shoulder for turning traffic.
  • Message The third shows a pedestrian scanning as he is crossing. A pedestrian should scan while crossing any crosswalk.
  • Message Let's now talk about signals and communications that a guard uses to pass information or convey a desired action to motorists and pedestrians. It's very important that all communications be uniform, crisp and clearly informative so both motorists and pedestrians will know what is expected of them. 1. Hand signals, movements, and a whistle are to be used with motorists. 2. Verbal messages only are to be used with pedestrians. Ask the Class: Does anybody know why it is so important to have clear and unambiguous communications and signals? There can be no confusion about whom a signal or communication is for and what it means. That is why consistency is important. You would not want to gesture with your hand for a student to begin to cross and have it mistaken by a motorist to go ahead and proceed through the crosswalk.
  • Message Signals that you use for motorists consist of: When students are about to enter or are in the crosswalk and you must stop and yield - Stop Paddle = with arm parallel to the ground, raised perpendicular - Gloved Hand = raised arm forward, parallel to the ground with palm and fingers extended toward traffic. - If a driver disregards the STOP paddle, blow one long blast on the whistle to warn the driver while pointing and looking directly at him. Key Point: Do not step out into the roadway until all vehicles have stopped. Note: an agency or department that is responsible for a local program has the option to use either a gloved hand or a stop paddle.
  • Message We will discuss the recommended technique for use of the STOP paddle. 1. Raise the STOP paddle with arm that will be closest to the far (opposite) side of the street when you take the position for crossing children. At an intersection, this will be the arm that is farthest from the intersection when you are at the curb facing the crosswalk. 2. Hold the paddle shoulder-high so that one side is displayed to traffic approaching the crosswalk on the near side of the street (“near-side traffic”), and the other is displayed to traffic approaching the crosswalk on the far side of the street (“far-side traffic”). Your body should not block either view of the paddle. The two faces of the paddle should remain continuously visible to traffic approaching on the respective sides. The paddle leads you into the crosswalk. Look directly at near-side traffic momentarily, turning your head as necessary. 3. Continuing to hold the paddle as described in step 2, look directly at far-side traffic, turning your head as necessary, as you approach the middle of the street. 4. If a driver disregards the STOP paddle, blow one long blast on the whistle to warn the driver while looking directly at him. Key Point: The STOP paddle should be kept raised while a guard is in the roadway. A guard should not switch the STOP paddle from one hand to the other or wave it about while in the roadway.
  • Message If your agency has opted not to use STOP paddles, the hand signal for traffic to stop is as follows: 1. Look directly at the nearest driver to be alerted and point at him with an extended arm and index finger. 2. Continuing to watch driver and to hold extended arm parallel to the ground, raise your palm upward, facing the driver. 3. If a driver disregards the hand signal, blow one long blast on the whistle to warn the driver while looking directly at him. Note: the whistle is a warning device. As the MUTCD cautions in regard to warning signs, “excessive” use can result in reduced effectiveness.
  • Message Now communications to the students: Prior to the guard entering the roadway, verbally remind students to 1. Stay at least one step behind the curb or behind the yellow “stay-back line” 2. Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT (and over shoulder if at an intersection) and scan for traffic. 3. When entering roadway to stay in the crosswalk and walk, don't run.
  • Message Here the guard is communicating with the students prior to her going into the street and stopping traffic and prior to the students crossing. She is giving them the proper crossing techniques. Good things to notice from the picture is how far away from the street she is, she is facing the children, and is on their height level making eye contact.
  • Message After guard is in the roadway and it's safe to cross, verbally tell students they can cross, and remind them to continue scanning for traffic.
  • Message Remember these procedures! You don't direct traffic in the regulatory law enforcement sense. You choose adequate gaps in traffic or create adequate gaps in traffic to safely cross students, use pedestrian and/or traffic signals if present. Your presence serves as an easily recognizable cue that pedestrians are about to use the crosswalk, and drivers must stop. Ask the Class: Does anyone have any questions about signals and communications?
  • Message As you saw in the video, at midblock uncontrolled crosswalks, it is important to assess distances and always give a motorist plenty of time to stop before signaling them that you want their attention because you intend to cross students. Let's look at the rationale for determining what a safe gap is. Stopping Distance = Thinking Distance + Braking Distance. That is your reaction time, in distance traveled, plus the distance your car travels after the brakes are applied.
  • Message Guards should have visual reference points at 150 ft on or next to the roadway in the directions of approaching traffic.
  • Message Here is an example of less than 150 ft, this could be a hazardous situation if the guard went out into the roadway to stop traffic at this point in time. Ask the Class: Does anybody have any questions on safe gap assessment?
  • Message Let's review what we just saw on the video. We'll start with crossing procedures at a midblock unsignalized crosswalk: 1. Stand on curb or behind edge of roadway on the side of the street where students approach. Keep students at least one step back from the curb or roadway edge. If a yellow “stand-back” line is marked or taped on sidewalk, it should be at least 3 feet behind the curb. Ask a child who arrives on a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard to dismount and walk the bicycle or scooter or carry the skateboard when crossing.
  • Message 2. As children collect, wait for an opportune time to create a sufficient gap in traffic. Make a final scan for traffic before entering the roadway. Remind children to wait for your verbal direction before starting to cross.
  • Message 3. Raise and display the STOP paddle as you walk to the middle of the roadway. (If using gloves and not using a STOP paddle, make the hand signal to traffic on the near-side approach with the left arm, continuing to hold your upraised palm to that approach as you walk to the middle of the roadway.)
  • Message 4. As you approach the middle of the roadway, check that the STOP paddle is clearly visible to that approach as well. (If using gloves and not a STOP paddle, make the hand signal with your right arm to traffic on the far-side approach).
  • Message 5. Position in the middle of the street, just outside the crosswalk on the side closest to the approach with greater apparent risk of traffic conflict and face that approach, continuing to display the STOP paddle to both approaches. (If using gloves and not a STOP paddle, keep both arms extended horizontally to your sides.) Make a final check that traffic on both approaches has stopped.
  • Message 6. Turn your head toward the waiting children and, make eye contact. Verbally direct them to search for traffic as described, and to proceed when the way is clear.
  • Message 7. As children cross behind you, do not allow any driver to cross the crosswalk until the last child of the released group has reached the opposite curb or roadway edge.
  • Message 8. Remain alert for traffic and continue to display the STOP paddle until you have left the roadway. (If using gloves and not a STOP paddle, do not lower your upraised hand to the near-side approach until you have left the roadway). Ask the Class: Does anyone have any questions on unsignalized crossing procedures?
  • Message Now let's go over signalized crossing procedures 1. Stand on curb or behind edge of roadway on the side of the street where students approach. Keep students at least one step back from the curb or roadway edge. If a yellow “stand-back” line is marked or taped on sidewalk, it should be at least 3 feet behind the curb. Instruct any student who arrives on a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard to dismount and walk the bicycle or scooter or carry the skateboard when crossing.
  • Message 2. As children collect, press pedestrian pushbutton, if needed to actuate a phase for pedestrian crossing. Remind children to wait for your signal before starting to cross. When a fresh Walking Person symbol (or “WALK” message) is displayed (or when the appropriate green is illuminated if there is no pedestrian signal), make a final scan for traffic.
  • Message 3. Raise and display the STOP paddle as you walk to the middle of the roadway. (If using gloves and not using a STOP paddle, make the hand signal to traffic on the near-side approach with the left arm, continuing to hold your upraised palm to that approach as you walk to the middle of the roadway.)
  • Message 4. Walk toward the middle of the street, alerting traffic on all approaches (including those that might make left or right turns onto the crosswalk) by holding the STOP paddle high or, if using gloves only, by making the hand signals (as described previously) with each arm.
  • Message 5. Position in the middle of the street, just outside the crosswalk on the side closest to the intersection and face traffic on that side. Continuing to display the STOP paddle to both approaches. (If using gloves and not a STOP paddle, keep both arms extended horizontally to your sides.) Make a final check that traffic on both approaches has stopped.
  • Message 6. Turn your head toward the waiting children and, making eye contact, verbally direct them to search for traffic, and to proceed when the way is clear.
  • Message 7. As children cross behind you, do not allow any driver to cross the crosswalk until the last child of the released group has reached the opposite curb or roadway edge.
  • Message 8. Remain alert for traffic and continue to display the STOP paddle until you have left the roadway. (If using gloves and not a STOP paddle, do not lower your upraised hand to the near-side approach until you have left the roadway). Ask the Class: Does anyone have questions about signalized crossing procedures?
  • Message If an intersection has a protected left turn signal, a guard shall not cross students on the facing green when a green left turn arrow is indicated. Ask the Class: Does anyone have any questions about crossing procedures at a roadway with four or more lanes?
  • Message At crosswalk locations with four or more lanes of traffic (whether it is at a signalized or unsignalized crosswalk location), two guards should be assigned. Each handles one side of the street. 1. Guard on side with children initiates 2. Use applicable procedures for that side only 3. Proceed to middle of traffic lanes 4. Other guard simultaneously alerts and enters the roadway 5. Crosses children the rest of the way
  • Message For the roadway with a median, the procedure is the same.
  • Message Here is a reminder list, of crossing Do's and Don'ts. We have already covered these but they are worth reviewing before we move on to the next topic area. 1. Always review the proper search pattern before crossing 2. Maintain control 3. Always cross students when the light is green 4. Always use pedestrian signals if available 5. Always be clear and concise with your signals 6. Establish eye contact 7. Remain alert 8. See and be seen 9. Report dangerous vehicle violations 10. Report uncooperative students 1. Don't assume that cars will stop 2. Don't assume cars will remain stopped 3. Don't cross students if a vehicle is stopped in the crosswalk.
  • Message Bad weather, particularly heavy rain and snow is a reality in Iowa. Guards must understand the implications of bad weather and know how to adjust to the conditions: 1. Inclement weather tends to make people hurry and pay less attention 2. Roads become slippery and stopping distances are increased 3. Visibility may be reduced 4. Electrical storms are dangerous and may disrupt traffic signals.
  • Message These are some of the precautions guards should take. In lower visibility – See and Be Seen 1. Ensure you have motorists' attention before crossing 2. Make eye contact 3. One long blast on whistle 4. Consider retro-reflective traffic cones In rain conditions 1. Increase gap distances due to slippery roads (we will discuss this next) 2. Reduced motorist peripheral vision 3. Wear rain jacket for comfort with vest on outside 4. No umbrella 5. Kids will want to run to get out of the rain, make them walk 6. Increased parent pick-up traffic Lightning 1. If in the vicinity take shelter and advise children to do same. 2. If traffic signal flashing – cross with caution / treat as multi-way stop 3. If traffic signal out, don't cross children, call 911 and then contact your supervisor Ask the Class: This completes this module, are there any questions?
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    • 1. MODULE 5 – Crossing TechniquesModule GoalParticipants will understand and utilize proper crossing techniques in their   crossing guard duties.Objective OneRecall the use of school crossing guard equipment and proper hand gestures and verbal commands.Objective TwoRecall the importance of visibility and conspicuity.Objective ThreeRecall proper crossing procedures at different crosswalk types and under bad weather conditions. 1Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 2. EQUIPMENT • Class II vest  • A retro-reflective stop paddle  • And/or fluorescent or retro- reflective orange or yellow- green gloves.   • A whistle 2Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 3. RETRO-REFLECTIVITY 3Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 4. UNIFORM 4Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 5. VISIBILITY AND CONSPICUITYVisibilityPerceptible by the eye or obvious to the eye.ConspicuityThe state of being clear or bright 5Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 6. VISIBILITY AND CONSPICUITY • Visibility and conspicuity contribute to safety of guard and students. • Vest makes guards more conspicuous to motorists • Reduces pedestrian / vehicle crashes • Deter unlawful / unsafe acts by pedestrians and motorists 6Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 7. VISIBILITY AND CONSPICUITY 7Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 8. VISIBILITY AND CONSPICUITY Visual Distractions and Obstructions Visual Clutter Visual Barriers In-Vehicle Distractions 8Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 9. PROPER SEARCH PATTERN Midblock Crosswalk Left Right Left Scan 9Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 10. PROPER SEARCH PATTERN Intersection Crosswalk Left Right Left Over the Shoulder 10Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 11. PROPER SEARCH PATTERN Continue to Scan while Crossing 11Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 12. SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS• All communications must be uniform, crisp and clearly informative• HAND signals / movements and whistle are to be used with motorists.• VERBAL messages only are to be used with pedestrians. 12Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 13. SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS1. Students about to enter or in crosswalk (Stop and yield)2. Stop paddle – with arm parallel to ground, raised perpendicular3. Gloved hand – raised arm forward, parallel to the ground with palm and fingers extended toward traffic4. If a driver disregards the STOP paddle, blow one long blast on the whistle to warn the driver while pointing and looking directly at the driver . 13Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 14. SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS Recommended STOP paddle technique 14Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 15. SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS Recommended hand signal technique 15Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 16. COMMUNICATIONS WITH STUDENTS Verbally remind students to 1. Stay at least one step behind “stay-back line” 2. Look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT 3. Walk, dont run. After guard is in roadway and it is safe to cross Verbally tell students they can cross 16Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 17. SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS 17Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 18. SIGNALS AND COMMUNICATIONS 18Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 19. CROSSING PROCEDURES• You do not direct traffic in the regulatory law enforcement sense.• You choose adequate gaps in traffic or create adequate gaps in traffic to safely cross students• Your presence serves as a cue that pedestrians are about to use the crosswalk, and drivers must stop. 19 Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 20. Safe Gap Assessment Stopping distance = thinking distance + braking distance 20Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 21. CROSSING PROCEDURES Safe Gap Assessment For most conditions you should pick a gap of at least 150 ft 21Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 22. CROSSING PROCEDURES Safe Gap AssessmentFor most conditions you should pick a gap of at least 150 ft 22Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 23. UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURESStand on curb on the side of the streetwhere students approach.Keep students at least one step backfrom the curb or behind a “stand-back”line.Ask a child on a bicycle, scooter, orskateboard to dismount. 23Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 24. UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURESWait for an a sufficient gap in traffic.Make a final scan for traffic before entering the roadway.Remind children to wait for your verbal direction before starting to cross. 24Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 25. UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURESRaise and display the STOP paddle asyou walk to the middle of the roadway. 25Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 26. UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES          As you approach the middle of theroadway, check that the STOP paddle isclearly visible to that approach as well. 26Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 27.   UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURESPosition in the middle of the street, justoutside the crosswalk on the sideclosest to the approach with greaterapparent risk of traffic conflict and facethat approach, continuing to displaythe STOP paddle to both approaches.Make a final check that traffic on bothapproaches has stopped. 27Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 28. UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURESTurn your head toward the waitingchildren and, making eye contact,verbally direct them to search for trafficas described, and to proceed when theway is clear. 28Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 29. UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES    As children cross behind you, do notallow any driver to cross the crosswalkuntil the last child of the released grouphas reached the opposite curb orroadway edge. 29Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 30.   UNSIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURESRemain alert for traffic and continue todisplay the STOP paddle until you haveleft the roadway. 30Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 31. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES            Stand on curb on the side of the street where students approach. Keep students at least one step back from the curb or behind a “stand- back” line. Ask a child on a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard to dismount. 31Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 32. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES        Wait for walk indication 32Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 33. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES             Enter crosswalk, stopping near-side traffic 33Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 34. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES Alert far-side traffic 34 34Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 35. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES             Take position 35Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 36. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES Initiate crossing 36Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 37. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES             Maintain your position 37Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 38. SIGNALIZED CROSSING PROCEDURES            Return to the starting curb or roadway edge 38 38Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 39. CROSSING PROCEDURES Do not cross children during protected left turn 39Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 40. CROSSING PROCEDURES• Four or More Lanes• Two guards should be assigned. Each handles one side of the street.• Guard on side with children initiates• Use applicable procedures for that side only• Proceed to middle of traffic lanes• Other guard simultaneously alerts and enters roadway• Crosses children the rest of the way 40 Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 41. CROSSING PROCEDURES 41Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 42. CROSSING PROCEDURESDo DontAlways review the proper search Dont assume that cars will stop pattern before crossing Dont assume cars will remain stoppedAlways cross students when the light is green Dont cross students if a vehicle is stopped in the crosswalkAlways use pedestrian signals if availableAlways be clear and concise with your signalsEstablish eye contactSee and Be SeenReport dangerous vehicle violationsReport uncooperative students 42 Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 43. MANAGING BAD WEATHER •  Inclement weather tends to make people hurry and pay less attention • Roads become slippery and stopping distances are increased • Visibility may be reduced • Electrical storms are dangerous and may disrupt traffic signals 43Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 44. MANAGING BAD WEATHER In lower visibility - See and Be Seen Ensure you have motorists attention before crossing Make eye contact One long blast on whistle Consider retro-reflective traffic cones or in-crosswalk panels 44 44Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 45. MANAGING BAD WEATHER Lightning If in vicinity take shelter and advise children to do same If a flashing red light – cross with caution / treat as multi-way stop If traffic signal out – dont cross children/call 911 45Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 46. MANAGING BAD WEATHER In rain conditions Increase gap distances due to slippery roads Reduced motorist peripheral vision Wear rain jacket for comfort with vest on outside No umbrella Kids will want to run to get out of the rain – make them walk Increased parent pick-up traffic 46Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques
    • 47. CONCLUSION Use proper equipment to see and be seen Use a LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT scanning technique Pick a gap of at least 150 feet Use proper crossing procedures Keep students safe during bad weather 47Iowa Adult School Crossing Guard Program Module 5/Crossing Techniques

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