Description of Practice Report: Crossing Guards: A Safety Patrol Program at a Residential School for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
The authors thank Roberta Flagg, vocational education teacher at the California School for the Blind, for her support for this program, and Lori Cassels, of Guide Dogs for the Blind, for her inspiration at the conception of the program.
In 2001, the California School for the Blind (CSB) was faced with a dilemma. The dropoff point for the day buses had to be changed. The new route to the only logical location for this change sent the buses through a driveway where residential students crossed to travel between the school and the dormitories. Some staff members wanted to eliminate this location as a possibility because of the increased traffic congestion and potential danger to the students. But we, the orientation and mobility (O&M) staff, saw this change as an opportunity. Schools all over the country have student crossing guards. Our thought was, “Why can';t we do the same?” We designed a program that has worked for four years. This article describes the design and administration of our crossing guard program.