Yang Tao, City Traffic Engineer
Crossing Guard Program
Madison’s School Crossing Guard Program is an integral element in supporting active transportation to and from school. The City’s adult school crossing guards play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school. They help children safely cross the street at key locations. They also remind drivers of the presence of children and other pedestrians. The presence of adult crossing guards can also lead to more parents feeling comfortable about their children walking or bicycling to school. While the primary role of an adult school crossing guard is to guide children safely across the street, children also remain responsible for their own safety. In this manner, a guard plays another key function -- a role model helping children develop the skills necessary to cross streets safely at all times.
Become a Crossing Guard
The position of school crossing guard is part-time employment that comes with a personal sense of job satisfaction as you assist school children walking and biking on their way to and from school. Job openings are posted online - City of Madison Human Resources - Employment Opportunities
Crossing Guard Requests
Requests to study potential new locations for Adult School Crossing Guards should be made by the Elementary School Principal to the School Traffic Safety Committee. Requests that come in to Traffic Engineering will be referred to the appropriate Elementary School Principal for referral to the School Traffic Safety Committee. Locations referred by the School Traffic Safety Committee to Traffic Engineering for consideration will be evaluated using the approved School Crossing Protection Criteria.