Monday was the first day of school not only for many San Francisco students, but also for many new crossing guards.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has added 45 new guards to its School Crossing Guard Program.
“Our school crossing guards have proven to be effective and proactive measures that ensure the safety of our children and create a positive presence in the community, SFMTA Transportation Director Ed Reiskin said in a statement.
The program now has 195 personnel to patrol safety around public and private schools in the city.
The new staff will help the agency’s improve pedestrian and school area safety citywide in addition to supervising intersections of concern.
“Having more school crossing guards on our streets will help make our streets more safe for our youngest pedestrians, and will help more parents join the growing numbers of San Francisco families choosing to walk, bike or take transit to school safely,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement.
Jamey Padojino, Bay City News