You know the drill. School pick-up and drop-off can be chaotic. Kids are moving in all directions; parents are in a hurry. And amidst the craziness, school buses try to make their way in and out of the school grounds. How can we ensure that our children are kept safe in this type of heavy traffic?
The AAA School Safety Patrol Program has helped communities improve school safety for 98 years. It relies on student volunteers to assist their classmates at crossings, carpool drop-off areas and bus loading and unloading zones.
The largest safety program in the world, the AAA School Safety Patrol Program has 654,000 Patrollers in 34,500 schools nationwide. The program has been praised by education and safety groups around the world for reducing injuries and fatalities among school children. In 1949, AAA established the AAA Lifesaving Medal to recognize Patrollers who saved a life in the course of duty. To date, 428 Patrollers have received this award.
- Teaches real world skills, including teamwork, responsibility, problem-solving and communication.
- Creates positive role models.
- Establishes early positive relationships with law enforcement.
- Instills a deep understanding of road safety.
- Develops leaders who will stand out among their peers for their role.
- Serves as a starting point for many of the nation’s future leaders. A list of alum can be found here.
- Complete patrol training.
- Always be prompt.
- Wear your patrol belt or vest to your assigned station.
- Be polite and respectful to parents and students.
- Set a good example for your classmates.
- Keep a passing grade in conduct.
- Adhere to the safety standards to ensure your own safety and the safety of your peers relying on your guidance.
If you would like more information about the AAA School Safety Patrol, click here. If you would like to register your child’s school or send the registration link to a school staff member, click here.