AAA School Safety Patrol

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AAA School Safety Patrol

Washington Safety Patrol Laws and Regulations

36 RCW 46.61.385: School patrol, Appointment, Authority, Finance and Insurance

The superintendent of public instruction, through the superintendent of schools of any school district, or other officer or board performing like functions with respect to the schools of anyother educational administrative district, may cause to be appointed voluntary adult recruits as supervisors and, from the student body of any public or private school or institution of learning, students, who shall be known as members of the “school patrol” and who shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the authority making the appointment.

The members of such school patrol shall wear an appropriate designation or insignia identifying them as members of the school patrol when in performance of their duties, and they may display "stop” or other proper traffic directional signs or signals at school crossings or other points where school children are crossing or about to cross a public highway, but members of the school patrol and their supervisors shall be subordinate to and obey the orders of any peace officer present and having jurisdiction.

School districts, at their discretion, may hire sufficient numbers of adults to serve as supervisors. Such adults shall be subordinate to and obey the orders of any peace officer present and having jurisdiction.

Any school district having a school patrol may purchase uniforms and other appropriate insignia, traffic signs and other appropriate materials, all to be used by members of such school patrol while in performance of their duties, and may pay for the same out of the general fund of the district.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to fail to stop his vehicle when directed to do so by a school patrol sign or signal displayed by a member of the school patrol engaged in the performance of his duty and wearing or displaying appropriate insignia, and it shall further be unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to disregard any other reasonable directions of a member of the school patrol when acting in performance of his duties as such.

School districts may expend funds from the general fund of the district to pay premiums for life and accident policies covering the members of the school patrol in their district while engaged in the performance of their school patrol duties.

Members of the school patrol shall be considered as employees for the purposes of RCW 28A.400.370. [1990 c 33 § 585; 1974 ex.s. c 47 § 1; 1961 c 12 § 46.48.160. Prior: 1953 c 278 § 1; 1937 c 189 § 130; RRS § 6360-130; 1927 c 309 § 42; RRS § 6362-42. Formerly RCW 46.48.160.] Rules of court: Monetary penalty schedule — IRLJ 6.2. Purpose — Statutory references — Severability — 1990 c 33: See RCW 28A.900.100 through 28A.900.102.

37 Chapter 467-03 WAC: Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Equipment Rules

The Director will cause to be designed a high visibility protective vest, traffic control lag, warning signs and other equipment to increase the visibility of persons assisting pedestrians and bicycles at the crosswalks, including school and playground zones. The equipment will be of strong yellow-green florescent color or other highly visible materials and have retro-reflective stripes. Samples are to be made available for viewing at the Washington Traffic Safety Commission office in Olympia, WA.

The Director may furnish this equipment to schools and other users through grants from the school zone safety account as provided by RCW 46.61.440 (3). The user of the uniforms and equipment designated for use by school patrols, pursuant to WAC 392-151-090 (Standard unifroms) and WAC 392-151-095 (Equipment), by persons assisting pedestrians and bicycle users in school and playground zones, will also be deemed in compliance with this rule.

38 Chapter 392-151 WAC: Traffic Safety

Last Update: 11/1/96WAC

392-151-003 Authority.

392-151-005 Purpose.

392-151-010 Function of a school patrol.

392-151-015 Administration and support.

392-151-017 Safety advisory committee--Selection.

392-151-020 Liability.

392-151-025 Route plans.

392-151-030 Controlled crossings.

392-151-035 School crossing warning and speed limit signs.

392-151-040 Organization, instruction, and supervision.

392-151-045 Duties of patrol supervisor.

392-151-050 Selection, appointment and suspension of patrol members.

392-151-055 Utilization of adult patrol members.

392-151-060 Good character references for adult patrol members.

392-151-065 Adult patrol members--Knowledge--Training of students--Introduction.

392-151-070 Size of patrol and officers needed.

392-151-075 Hours on duty.

392-151-080 The patrol captain.

392-151-085 General duties of patrol members.

392-151-090 Standard uniforms.

392-151-095 Equipment.

392-151-100 Care of equipment--Dismissal.

392-151-105 Instruction of patrol members.

392-151-110 Installing school patrol members.

392-151-115 Patrol operation--Assignment and inspection.

392-151-120 Basic crossing position and flag operation.

392-151-125 Operation with school patrol members.

392-151-130 Operation with an adult patrol member or police officer or traffic signal.

392-151-135 Operation at an intersection with traffic signal.

392-151-140 Violation reports and accidents.



392-151-145 Operation at an intersection with traffic signal. [Order 7-75, § 392-151-145, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-350.] Repealed by 91-15-016, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 392-151-150 Violation reports and accidents. [Order 7-75, § 392-151-150, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-355.] Repealed by 91-15- 016, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385.

WAC 392-151-003: Authority

The authority for this chapter is RCW 46.61.385 which authorizes the appointment and operation

of school patrols by any public or private school subject to the conditions, procedures, and considerations required by this chapter and such supplemental conditions, procedures, and considerations as any such school may impose which are in the best interest of student safety.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-003, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91.]

39 WAC 392-151-005: Purpose

The purpose of this chapter is to implement RCW 46.61.385 and provide for safe operation of

school patrols. [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-005, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-005, filed 12/22/75.]

WAC 392-151-010: Function of a School Patrol

he purpose and function of a school patrol are to assist and aid members of the student body in the safe and proper crossing of streets, highways, and roads adjacent to the school and other crossing areas approved by the local safety advisory committee.

Student school patrol members assigned to work at a location with an adult school patrol member shall assist and act at the direction of such adult member of the patrol. A school patrol is to look for and utilize natural gaps in traffic as much as possible when allowing students to cross a street, highway, or road. [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-010, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-010, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-205.]

WAC 392-151-015: Administration and Support

The superintendent or chief administrative officer of the school district shall assume the leadership and be ultimately responsible for determining school patrol policy and operations. The principal of each school shall provide leadership in developing good relationships among teachers, student body, and members of the school patrol in matters of selecting, instructing, and giving immediate supervision to school patrol members and carrying out administrative details. Administration of the actual operation of a school patrol may be delegated to a school employee or a safety committee. The approval, understanding, support, and encouragement of school administrators, local traffic control agencies, teachers, parents, and students is essential in providing an effective school safety patrol. [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-015, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; 80-09-015 (Order 80-22), § 392-151-015, filed 7/9/80; Order 7-75, § 392-151-015, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-210.]

WAC 392-151-017: Safety Advisory Committee Selection

Selection of a safety advisory committee is important in the development and support of school patrol policy and in the development of a safe route to school plan. Members may be selected from the following areas:

(1) School administration;

(2) Law enforcement;

(3) Traffic engineering; and

(4) School-parent organization.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-017, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91.]

40 WAC 392-151-020: Liability

The fear of potential liability for injuries sustained by pupils, employees, or patrols is present in the minds of school board members and school administrators. Both a school district and its individual employees or agents are potentially liable for damages sustained by students or others as the result of negligence. Examples of actions or inactions possibly giving rise to an award of damages by a court include: The failure to properly supervise students while they are in the custody of school employees or agents; the failure to properly instruct students in the procedures necessary to safeguard themselves while participating in school activities which may otherwise cause them injury; the failure to select and assign competent employees or agents to safeguard students where necessary; and, in general, the failure to take reasonable precautions to safeguard students in the custody of the school against foreseeable dangers. The following suggested procedures may assist schools and employees or agents reduce the potential liability in connection with the operation of a school patrol:

  1. Establish reasonable rules and regulations regarding the supervision and control of the school patrols
  2. Establish a policy which limits the selection of student patrol members to students who are preferably ages ten or older and who possess appropriate physical and mental abilities
  3. Establish a policy which authorizes any parent to have his or her child excluded from service on the safety patrol
  4. Establish a policy which requires school boards to provide insurance for members of the school patrol and for all supervisory officials involved in the program
  5. Establish a policy which sets forth specific physical and other criteria for selecting school patrol members and providing adequate training

In addition, schools should periodically conduct a complete review of the entire school patrol program, including the following:

  1. The selection of supervisors
  2. The selection of student and adult members of the patrol
  3. The training of both supervisors and patrol members
  4. The determination of the streets which are to be used and those which are not to be used
  5. The equipment needed
  6. The time schedule when the patrol will be on duty
  7. The special precautions to be observed in inclement weather and during hours of semidarkness

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-020, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91;

Order 7-75, § 392-151-020, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-215.]

WAC 392-151-025: Route Plans

Suggested route plans shall be developed for each elementary school that has students who walk to and from school. It shall recommend school routes based on considerations of traffic patterns,existing traffic controls, and other crossing protection aids such as school patrols. These routeplans shall limit the number of school crossings so that students move through the crossings ingroups, allowing only one entrance-exit from each block to and from school. The route to school plan shall be distributed to all students with instructions that it be taken home and discussedwith the parents.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 96-22-057 (Order 96-17), § 392-151-025, filed 11/1/96, effective 12/2/96; Order 7-75, § 392-151-025, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-220.]

41 WAC 392-151-035: School Crossing Warning and Speed Limit Signs

(Please see “Traffic Controls for School Areas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices,” for newschool zone signs. The new signs are shown in Attachment A at the end of this document.)

Note: The department of transportation defines when children are present as:

  1. School children are occupying or walking within the marked crosswalk.
  2. School children are occupying or waiting at the curb or on the shoulder of the roadway and are about to cross the roadway by way of the marked crosswalk.
  3. School children are present or walking along the roadway, either on the adjacent sidewalk or, in the absence of sidewalks, on the shoulder within the posted school speed limit zone which extends three hundred feet in either direction from the marked crosswalk.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-035, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-035, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-245.]

WAC 392-151-040: Organization, Instruction, and Supervision

The building principal or a member of the staff appointed by the principal shall supervise the school patrol. Criteria for the selection of a school patrol supervisor shall include:

  1. Interest in safety
  2. Ability to organize
  3. Ability to lead
  4. Ability to discipline
  5. Attitude toward work
  6. Efficiency on job
  7. Ability to recognize individual differences
  8. Ability to hold respect of pupils
  9. Dependability

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-040, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-040, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-250 (part).]

WAC 392-151-045: Duties of Patrol Supervisor

Duties of a school patrol supervisor shall include:

  1. Being knowledgeable in all areas of the school patrol.
  2. Selection of school patrol members according to school policy.
  3. Instruction of all school patrol members and officers in their respective duties.
  4. Supervision of the work of the school patrol in such manner as to develop the greatest initiative, leadership, and effectiveness on the part of each patrol officer and member.
  5. Hold regular meetings of the school patrol for the purpose of instruction in safety practices, discussions concerning infractions of rules, and stimulating and inspiring the members in the performance of their duties.
  6. Serve as advisor to the school safety advisory committee.

An officer of the state patrol, sheriff’s office, or local police department shall be requested to assist in the instruction of school patrol members in the performance of their duties and thereafter make visits to street and highway crossings where school patrol members are stationed. Instruction in traffic rules and regulations shall be given to all children attending the school. Written rules and regulations shall be distributed to parents and students.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-045, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-045, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-250 (part).]

WAC 392-151-050: Selection, Appointment and Suspension of Patrol Members

Student school patrol members shall be selected from the upper grade levels and preferably not below age ten. Qualities such as leadership and reliability shall be considered in the selection ofany patrol member. School patrol service shall be voluntary.

Written approval of a parent or guardian shall be secured in the case of student patrol members. Each prospective patrol member shall be given a vision and hearing examination. After selection, each school patrol member candidate shall be formally appointed by the principal. The parent(s) or guardian(s) of a student patrol member shall be notified in writing or via a personal interview of the student’s suspension from duty as a school patrol member.

New patrol members may be selected thirty days before the school term terminates. Additional patrol members may be recruited in the fall of each year and, thereafter, as necessary to fill open positions. New members shall work with trained school patrol members for a long enough period to learn their duties.

A captain of the school patrol may be selected. Instructions shall be given each new school patrol member so that he or she can begin effective duty at a specific post the morning the next school term commences.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-050, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; 80-09-015 (Order 80-22), § 392-151-050, filed 7/9/80; Order 7-75, § 392-151-050, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-255.]

WAC 392-151-055: Utilization of Adult Patrol Members

Schools possess the authority to appoint adults as members of a school patrol. The following criteria may be used to determine at which locations adult patrol members shall be stationed:

  1. When there is a lack of adequate gaps due to a high volume of traffic.
  2. When 85 percent of the traffic speed exceeds the speed limit by 5 miles an hour.
  3. When there is a restricted sight distance.
  4. When the location or distance from the school building is such that poor supervision of students would otherwise result.
  5. When there is a high volume of turning traffic over a crosswalk.
  6. When the location has been determined by either school or law enforcement authorities to be beyond the capability of a student to make rational decisions concerning safety.
  7. When there is an excessive volume of pedestrian traffic over a highway.
  8. When any of the above criteria exists and there is a lack of an alternate school route plan.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-055, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-055, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-225 and 392-24-230.]

WAC 392-151-060: Good Character References for Adult Patrol Members

Prior to any assignment, good character references shall be obtained on every adult who is being considered as a school patrol member. Good moral character is defined in WAC 180-75-081. In addition, a Washington state patrol criminal history request shall be obtained on each new adult candidate.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-060, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-060, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-235.]

WAC 392-151-065: Adult Patrol Members--Knowledge, Training of Students, and Introduction

In addition to other qualifications imposed by this chapter adult school patrol members shall be knowledgeable with the school crossing protection program operated in their community. Particular attention shall be given to introducing adult school patrol members to school authorities, traffic authorities, and the local parent-teacher association so that they may work together on problems of safety in the school area. Adult patrol members also shall know the school employee acting as patrol supervisor and be knowledgeable with patrol activities. Provision may be made to allow adult patrol members to have some part in the actual training of students relative to traffic safety. At the beginning of the school term, arrangements shall be made to present adult patrol members to the student body and the school parent association.

[Order 7-75, § 392-151-065, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-345.]

WAC 392-151-070: Size of Patrol and Officers Needed

The number of members on a school patrol shall be determined by factors such as: Street and highway conditions, number of intersections, volume of vehicular traffic, school enrollment, and number of arrival and school dismissal times. If there are several dismissal times, the size of the patrol shall be increased and the groups rotated so that no one member shall be absent too long from his or her classes. The supervisor may request assistance from the traffic safety unit of the police department in planning school patrol posts. Engineering studies may be requested from the traffic engineer’s office by the police unit, the principal, or the school safety committee. Each school patrol may have a patrol captain and one or more lieutenants. The captain shall be a patrol member who possesses qualities of leadership and shall be selected by the supervisor of the patrol on a trial basis or elected by the members subject to the supervisor’s approval. Officers and members should normally serve for at least one full school year. However, a plan for periodic relief may be provided for and implemented at the discretion of school authorities. This may be done by organizing groups to rotate weekly or several weeks at a time or by rotating dismissal times.

Some of the duties of the school safety patrol officers are:

  1. Assigning school patrol members to their posts
  2. Supervising the operations of the school patrol
  3. Keeping school patrol records, including attendance
  4. Being responsible for the procedure at each crossing
  5. Making sure each school patrol member wears his or her equipment while on duty
  6. Arranging for a substitute in case of absence of a regular school patrol member
  7. Manning the post in case of an emergency.

[Order 7-75, § 392-151-070, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-260.]

WAC 392-151-075: Hours on Duty

The hours that patrol members are on duty shall be determined by the needs of the school area from an accident prevention standpoint and the time schedule of the school being served. The schedule of each student patrol member shall be so planned as to make it unnecessary for the student to miss regular school work for lengthy periods. Parents shall be informed of the amount of time students are scheduled to serve on patrols and how much class time may be missed due to patrol duty.

When a patrol member has been assigned to a particular crossing, the member shall be on duty at all times students are normally crossing streets or highways in going to and from school. Members shall be at their posts 10 to 15 minutes before the first class in the morning and 10 to 15 minutes before school begins in the afternoon. At dismissal times, arrangements shall be made for student patrol members to leave their classes 2 or 3 minutes before the dismissal bell. Patrol members shall remain on duty until the patrol captain or patrol supervisor gives the dismissal signal.

[Order 7-75, § 392-151-075, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-265.]

WAC 392-151-080: The Patrol Captain

The duties of the patrol captain may be:

  1. Assign patrol members to their posts. See that patrol members report on time and keep a record of their attendance. If a patrol member is absent and no substitute is available, the captain may assign the lieutenant to fill in or man the post himself or herself in emergencies.
  2. Make daily inspections. This is to make sure that each patrol member wears his or her equipment and that the equipment is kept in good, clean condition and properly stored when not in use.
  3. Enforce the rules of operation. Dereliction of duty may be dealt with by the captain.
  4. Make safety talks. The captain may be asked to make presentations to the student body and at regular patrol meetings.
  5. Report accidents and violations. The patrol captain may be responsible for the reporting of all accidents and violations to the patrol supervisor.

[Order 7-75, § 392-151-080, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-270 and 392-24-275.]

46 WAC 392-151-085: General Duties of Patrol Members

Each school patrol member shall adhere to the following duties and rules:

  1. Report to the crossing on time and remain during the prescribed period or until properly relieved
  2. Perform duties as outlined.
  3. Wear standard uniform at all times while on duty.
  4. Be polite at all times.
  5. Attend strictly to the task and do not permit attention to be diverted while on duty.
  6. Direct students, not vehicular traffic.
  7. Know the procedures to follow in case of an accident or emergency.
  8. Notify the designated person in advance of anticipated absence.

[Order 7-75, § 392-151-085, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-280.]

WAC 392-151-090: Standard Uniforms

The standard uniform for school patrol members shall be a badge, vest, and/or raincoat and shallbe worn only during a patrol function. A helmet may be used as part of the standard uniform. The helmet when used shall be fluorescent orange, white, red, or yellow. For additional visibility during hours of darkness, reflective tape may be added to the uniform. The school patrol vest shall be fluorescent orange with reflective white bands. The raincoat shall be fluorescent orange, red, or yellow.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 80-09-015 (Order 80-22), § 392-151-090, filed 7/9/80; Order 7-75, § 392-151-090, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-285.]

WAC 392-151-095: Equipment

Each school patrol member, while on duty, shall have a fluorescent flame orange or a red flag of color-fast material not less than 14 inches by 16 inches bearing the word “STOP” in white letteringand attached to a staff not less than 40 inches long. All flags shall be displayed by the school patrol at a 45-degree angle extending toward the center of the street or highway. The purpose of the flag is to increase visibility and give warning to approaching motorists. [Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-095, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-095, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-290.]

WAC 392-151-100: Care of Equipment--Dismissal

Each school patrol member shall be responsible for the care of his or her equipment. There shall be periodic inspections and inventories to make sure the equipment is not lost and that it is keptin reasonably good condition.

School patrol members shall be required to return their equipment to the school supply room at the end of the school term. School patrol officers may be responsible for the regular inspection and to see that school patrol

equipment is kept in good condition and in its proper place. A record of inspections may be kept for submission to the school patrol supervisor. Willful abuse of equipment by a patrol member shall be grounds for dismissal. [Order 7-75, § 392-151-100, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-295.]

47 WAC 392-151-105: Instruction of Patrol Members

Each school patrol member shall be thoroughly trained in his or her duties before being permitted to take assigned posts. Instruction shall include the fundamentals of patrol operation - where and how to stand when on duty, how to handle the patrol flag, and what constitutes a sufficient gap in vehicular traffic to permit safe crossing by students. Emphasis shall be placed on special hazards and the need for constant alertness. Types of training which shall be given members are:

  1. On-the-job training for at least one week under the direction of an experienced patrol member or for a longer period to learn their duties
  2. Personal instruction by the patrol supervisor, a police officer, or a designated school district safety official
  3. Reading and understanding written instructions which the school has compiled for the specific purpose of instructing new members.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-105, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91;

Order 7-75, § 392-151-105, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-300.]

WAC 392-151-110: Installing School Patrol Members

New members of a school patrol shall be formally installed. The school principal or a law enforcement officer shall be present to administer the pledge and explain to the student audience the need for cooperation in making school patrol protection effective.

The pledge shall be given to the school patrol candidates during the installation. The school safety patrol card shall be issued to each member. The card shall be signed by the patrol member,parent, or guardian and the school principal or patrol supervisor. [Order 7-75, § 392-151-110, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-305 and 392-24-310.]

WAC 392-151-115: Patrol Operation, Assignment and Inspection

Student school patrol members shall be instructed to leave their classes quietly when released for patrol duty and go directly to the patrol assembly point. The patrol supervisor or an officer shallsee that each member is provided with the proper equipment and assigned to a specific crossing.

If a post remains uncovered, another patrol member shall be assigned to cover that crossing. After receiving equipment and being assigned, patrol members shall walk quietly to their crossings. In crossing streets, members shall protect each other in the same manner they protect otherpedestrians. [Order 7-75, § 392-151-115, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-315.]

48 WAC 392-151-120: Basic Crossing Position and Flag Operation.

Each school patrol member shall stand back of the curb or roadway edge--not in the street--and remind students to wait behind the flag until there is an adequate gap in traffic. A safe distance from the roadway edge shall be one length of the flag staff. When the traffic gap occurs, a patrol member may step two paces into the street or far enough to see clearly beyond any obstruction but should not go beyond the edge of the obstruction. They will then extend the flag over the roadway. The flag shall be displayed in a forty-five degree position with the word “STOP” level to the ground. When it is safe to cross, patrol members shall give a signal enabling students to crossin a group.

Students shall remain in back of the curb until allowed to cross. After the students have crossed,the patrol member shall lower the flag and return to basic position which is one length of the flag staff behind the curb.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-120, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-120, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-320.]

WAC 392-151-125: Operation with School Patrol Members.

  1. Single posts. On a narrow street with light vehicular traffic and little or no turning problems, a single school patrol member may be able to handle the crossing adequately. The patrol post in this case shall be on the side of the street where students approach the crossing. While primarily responsible for traffic approaching from the left, the patrol member shall look to both left and right and for turning cars.
  2. Dual posts. School patrol members shall be stationed on opposite sides of the street. One patrol member shall act as a “sender” and the other as “receiver.” The patrol member first approached by pedestrians shall decide when it is safe to cross. Each member shall watch primarily to the left for approaching traffic. The patrol members shall face directly across the street toward their partner while students are crossing to enable them to see cars coming from either left or right. Both patrol members shall be alert to possible curb-turning cars before stepping into the crosswalk.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-125, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91;

Order 7-75, § 392-151-125, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-325.]

WAC 392-151-130: Operation with an Adult Patrol Member or Police Officer or Traffic Signal

When the vehicular traffic is such that control by a police officer, an adult school patrol member, or traffic signal is required, student school patrol members shall assist by directing students to cross in conformance with the direction given by the police officer or adult patrol member assigned

to the crossing or in conformance with the time cycle of the signal.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-130, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-130, filed 12/22/75.Formerly WAC 392-24-330.]

49 WAC 392-151-135: Operation at an Intersection with Traffic Signal

At an intersection with a traffic signal, the light shall govern school patrol operation and the movement of students.

When the light turns green in the direction the students are to cross, the patrol members shall be certain that all approaching cars are stopping for their red light. When the patrol members are sure that traffic does not constitute a hazard, the patrol members shall follow the basic crossing procedure.

Before the red signal comes back on, patrol members shall stop all stragglers. Patrol members shall know the length of time the green is on and be able to estimate the correct moment to stop the flow of pedestrians.

When the signal is a pedestrian-actuated light, it shall be controlled by the “sender” patrol member. The “WALK” phase of this type of light is shorter than the green phase of the regular traffic light so that small compact groups of pedestrians may be allowed to cross at one time.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-135, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-135, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-335.]

WAC 392-151-140: Violation Reports and Accidents.

Moving motor vehicle violations at school crossings shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. School patrol members shall report all incidents which occur on or near their crossings which appear to involve unsafe practices on the part of anyone. Such reports shall be made to the patrol supervisor.

If the incident involves a driver violation, the license number of the car shall be written downimmediately. Reports shall be reviewed by the patrol supervisor and principal. When the principal feels that a particular violation has occurred which requires follow-up by the police department, a violation report shall be filled out.

In the event of an injury accident or emergency at their post, patrol members shall observe the following directions:

  1. If the accident was caused by a vehicle, obtain license number, time of violation, and whether male or female driver
  2. Never leave the crossing. Dispatch messengers to the school office stating location, nature, and seriousness of accident
  3. Keep all students back away from the curb
  4. Obtain name and address of victim and witnesses
  5. Make a report to the patrol supervisor

[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.61.385. 91-15-016, § 392-151-140, filed 7/10/91, effective 8/10/91; Order 7-75, § 392-151-140, filed 12/22/75. Formerly WAC 392-24-340.]


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