The East Grand Rapids crossing guards are excited and ready for the upcoming school year! During their annual training this August, the guards not only went over the usual protocols, but also reviewed their COVID-19 procedures and the EGRPS Return to Learning plan.
This year, guards will practice social distancing and continue to wear the flashing vests implemented in 2019 to ensure visibility in the early mornings. Additionally, as middle school students will be participating in-person for half days, guards will be out on the intersections of Lake Drive and Breton Road as well as Lake Drive and Kenesaw Drive at the lunch hour.
Just as many of us experienced missing basic human interaction throughout the Stay at Home order, the guards expressed how much they look forward seeing the children of EGR and catching up with them.
“We love being here for the kids and it’s extremely rewarding to give back to the community in this way,” said Jean Timmer, crossing guard supervisor. “We’ve discussed our COVID-19 protocols at length and just as always, we’re prepared to help students through rain, shine, hail and snow — pandemic or not.”
Ahead of the new year, our crossing guards remind parents, students, drivers and pedestrians alike of the following key tips:
A program run by the department Public Safety, the crossing guards work closely with both the City and EGRPS to help guide students. At the beginning of each year, the schools request which intersections they wish to have guards posted. A list of these stations can be found at eastgr.org/safety along with additional walking, biking and moped videos and safety tips.
Ensuring students have a safe commute to and from school is a top priority for both the City and EGRPS. Students are encouraged to talk with their crossing guards as well as School/Community Liaison Officer Collin Wallace about these safety measures.
Anyone interested in becoming a crossing guard should call the department at 616.949.7010.