1 California Adult School Crossing Guard Training Kristin Haukom, MPH SRTS Regional Coordinator SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC) California Department of Public Health
2 What is TARC Funded Caltrans, TARC is a statewide program that provides SRTS technical assistance to schools and communities to promote walking and bicycling as healthy and safe options for children to get to and from school
3 California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC) Housed at CDPH, Caltrans NI Support SRTS awardees Assist communi>es wan>ng to establish SRTS programs or build upon exis>ng projects Provide no- cost SRTS trainings to low income communi>es Work with Caltrans on SRTS/SR2S implementa>on
4 California SRTS Website:
5 Background on CA Adult School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines Caltrans tasked TARC with creating Crossing Guard Training Program as an additional activity to the existing SOW Challenge: No funds to pay for starting such a program Asset: Program staff with experience in compiling similar tools and programs Asset: Existing examples from other states Asset: Dedicated website to house such a program Asset: Support from CA State SRTS Coordinator
6 Challenge: No funds California is a BIG state! Individual, in-person trainings for local programs not an option Train-the-trainer still not an option Online training: viable option
7 Assets: Examples The California Adult School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines, accompanying supplemental materials, and online training and testing, were developed with the help of existing training tools from the following: Colorado Department of Transportation s Crossing Guard Train-the-Trainer Program Florida Department of Transportation s School Crossing Guard Training Program National Center for Safe Routes to School s Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines
8 DraF CA Adult School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines Contents: Pulls from CA MUTCD Local Program Administration (e.g., liability, uniforms, funding, etc) Training overview, including on-line training and testing, practical training, and inperson field assessment Introductory information for Crossing Guards Crossing Techniques
9 Training: Online Webinar Series (in lieu of Classroom Training) Four (4) parts consisting of: 1) Introduction and Data; 2) Administrative Elements of a Local Program and General Information for Crossing Guards; 3) Techniques Used in School Crossings; and 4) Crossing Procedures for a Variety of Situations.
10 TesHng: Web- based, CerHficate of CompleHon
11 PracHcal Training Local Programs (i.e., host organization) are ultimately responsible for vetting and training Cross Guards. Practical training involves hands-on instruction, with role play and simulation to practice the techniques and procedures used to safely and effectively cross student pedestrians.
12 Field Assessment Local Programs (i.e., host organization) are ultimately responsible for vetting and training Cross Guards. Field assessment consists of observation, training and guidance of a Crossing Guard candidate. The Crossing Guard can be scored using the California Adult School Crossing Guard Field Assessment Tool
13 Next Steps TARC will administer a pilot of the California Adult School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines and Online Training and Testing beginning in Fall The following have been identified as pilot sites (by Local Program type): County Public Health Department County Office of Education Cities Police Departments
14 Next Steps conhnued. Starting from the bottom-up, gaining support from the top-down California Adult School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines will be included in the CA Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Challenge Area 8: Make Walking and Street Crossing Safer
15 For more informahon and results Kristin Haukom, MPH