Safety Patrol Programs in Schools


The school safety patrol engages older students to keep fellow students safe, whether they walk, ride bikes, take the bus or ride with parents. According to the AAA Safety Patrol Program, a national group advising schools on safety patrol issues, more than 50,000 schools in all 50 states use safety patrol programs.

Program Details

  • An effective local program needs strong partnerships, a responsible staff supervisor dedicated to the program and research to determine the number and location of patrol members. Identify key areas where student safety patrol members can safely help, such as school entrances, main crossing points and drop-off zones. Determine how many people and what times you will have the patrol, based on when students arrive and leave the school. The AAA Safety Patrol Program suggests working with a local traffic engineering company to analyze traffic patterns to determine the size and location of safety patrol posts.

Student Selection and Training

  • Student patrol members need traits that allow them to fulfill the responsibilities. Students should have the maturity to follow rules and use solid judgment in potentially dangerous situations. They need to be reliable, courteous and helpful. Rotate patrol members each month to give other students a chance. Training should include specific job duties, traffic safety rules and handling of dangerous situations, such as an erratic driver. Role-play with students to teach these skills.

Adult Roles

  • Student safety patrol members need support and supervision from a responsible school staff member to enforce procedures. Adult sponsors patrol with students, handle training, assign patrol locations and provide suggestions for improving the program.

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