Crossing Guard Update from Jaye Robinson – Oct 3rd/2019
Dear Friends and Neighbours,
I’m writing to provide you with a brief update on the School Crossing Guard Program (SCGP).
This afternoon, City Council received a report on the rate of coverage during the first two weeks of school.
As many of you will recall, the transition of the SCGP from Toronto Police Services last year resulted in significant crossing guard vacancies across the City. While the Program achieved nearly 100%coverage during the first two weeks of the school year, I heard from many of you that guards appeared confused and inadequately trained.
On several occasions, residents reported that guards were standing on the wrong side of the street or refusing to step onto the road while children were crossing. Given the important role that crossing guards play in school and road safety, these updates were very concerning to receive.
With your feedback in mind, I moved a motion directing Transportation staff to provide ongoing training to crossing guards to ensure they’re fully prepared to complete their duties.
I’m pleased to advise that, moments ago, my motion was supported by City Council.
As always, many thanks for your continued engagement on the important issue of road safety. Your feedback has been integral to improving the SCGP.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions, concerns, or feedback.
City Councillor | Ward 15 – Don Valley West
Chair, Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
Toronto City Hall | 100 Queen Street, A12 | Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
We have recently been informed by PC Lau, the School Crossing Guard Coordinator from 53 Division of the following:
On Tuesday, February 19, Neptune Security Service has set this as the target date to have a permanent back fill on these locations:
• Cleveland St. and Millwood Rd.
• Cleveland St. and Davisville Av.
• Cleveland St. and Merton St.
We are updating both our Trustee, Rachel Chernos-Lin and Councillor Jaye Robinson weekly on the status of the crossing guards. They have been very supportive of our efforts by engaging their network. They have suggested that concerned parents also email SchoolCrossingGuard@toronto.ca with cc to Barbara Gray, General Manager of Transportation services Barbara.Gray@toronto.ca to let them know when guards are absent.
Thank you for all your support in trying to make our community safer for everyone!