Founded in the 1920s, school safety patrol programs have been proven to be an effective tool to ensure the safety of students to and from school and on the bus. These programs operate successfully worldwide. Locally, most districts operate a school patrol safety program.
Here at School District 197, school bus safety patrols improve safety by assisting bus drivers with adherence to rules while the bus is in motion and with the loading and unloading of younger students at school. School crossing safety patrols improve safety by assisting younger children across high traffic intersections next to the schools and with parking lot closure in the morning and afternoon.
Additionally, the school patrol program develops leadership skills for the students participating in the program. It instills in them a sense of responsibility for their actions and for the actions of those around them. Program members are expected to be role models and portray a positive, helpful attitude whether on or off duty.