School Crossing Guard Program

Crossing guard helping children cross the street

The School Crossing Guard Program is an integral element in the Safe Routes to School program, which is dedicated to providing safe bicycle and pedestrian routes to and from school, for elementary and middle school aged children.

The Orlando Police Department's School Crossing Guard Program currently has 176 crossing locations in the city for 44 public schools. These dedicated individuals work in the inclement weather to make sure our children are safe. They work an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. There is no experience necessary to become a school crossing guard, as you will be trained to the State of Florida Standards upon being hired. All safety equipment is provided at no cost to you.

The minimum requirements to become a school crossing guard are as follows:

  • Can comprehend and communicate fluently in verbal and written English
  • Are observant and safety-oriented
  • Able to pass a physical agility test, drug screening and state mandated training
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • Have reliable transportation
  • You are able to work in adverse conditions, such as inclement weather and close to traffic.

Apply to Become a School Crossing Guard

In 1991, 7-year old Ramon Turnquest was struck by a truck as he stepped off the curb onto a busy south Florida roadway, holding his mother’s hand, on his way to the first day of school. Ramon died as a result of his injuries, as his mother and 5-year old brother stood by.

Soon after, The Ramon Turnquest School Crossing Guard Act (Florida State Statute 316.75) was enacted, requiring counties with a population of 75,000 or more to provide standardized training for school crossing guards through guidelines adopted by the Florida Department of Transportation.