• Frequently Asked Questions: Crossing Guards


    A member of the Blue Coats peacekeeping initiative helps students cross the road safely.


    Q: What are the daily expectations for crossing guards?

    The main job of a crossing guard is to make sure children travel across an intersection safely. Crossing guards may stop traffic safely and in accordance with the traffic control signals at the crossing location.

    Q: What is the daily time commitment?

    Crossing guards work for 45 minutes before school and 30 minutes after school. Crossing guards are expected to commit to working both shifts each day they are on duty. Shifts at elementary schools are 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. AND 2:30 to 3 p.m. Shifts at middle schools are 8 to 8:45 a.m. AND 3 to 3:30 p.m. 

    Q: What is the pay rate or pay schedule?

    Crossing guards are paid $31.94 per hour.

    Q: Are clearances and training required? 

    Yes. You must hold or obtain FBI, criminal check, and child abuse clearances and successfully complete Act 126 and crossing guard training. Training is free, but there is a cost associated with securing clearances. If you need assistance obtaining or paying for clearances, please fill out this form and our partners at United Way of Erie County will contact you. 

    Q: What equipment do I need, and where can I find it?

    Erie's Public Schools provides crossing guards with a high-visibility reflective CROSSING GUARD vest and a large hand-held STOP sign. Officer Kevin Nadolny, the crossing guard supervisor, distributes all necessary equipment. 

    Q: How do I select/indicate my preferred location?

    We will try to accommodate all requests for preferred locations when possible. Please communicate directly with Officer Kevin Nadolny, crossing guard supervisor, following hiring to discuss your preferred location. Officer Nadolny can be reached at 814-323-9251 or knadolny@eriesd.org. 

    Q: What happens if I am sick or need a day off?

    If you need to call off for any reason, please call Officer Kevin Nadolny by 9 p.m. the day before your scheduled shift whenever possible. If you need to take days off for pre-scheduled vacation, hospitalization or any other purpose, please contact Officer Nadolny as soon as possible so he can make arrangements to have your intersection covered. Officer Nadolny can be reached at 814-323-9251. 


    Other questions or concerns? 

    Please contact Officer Kevin Nadolny, crossing guard supervisor, at 814-323-9251 or knadolny@eriesd.org.