This procedure outlines the process for implementing and discontinuing school crossing guard locations within the Town of Oakville.
This procedure applies to all municipal roadways and applicable elementary schools within the Town of Oakville.
The town provides school crossing guards at locations along pedestrian routes to elementary schools in accordance with the Council approved warrant criteria (herein after referred to as criteria) as contained in Appendix A.
The town may receive requests for new school crossing guard locations from a school board (due to the planned opening of a new school or expansion to an existing school), or from an interested party (due to an existing condition).
Requests for school crossing guard locations shall be reviewed by Transportation Strategy staff as follows:
The procedure defines parameters for crossing guard duties when there is a weather alert or an extreme weather warning.
Extreme cold alert and extreme cold warning
The Halton Region Health Department issues a cold alert when the following conditions are forecast for Halton:
If there is a cold alert, crossing guards will be on duty, but service may be interrupted or intermittent if travel becomes difficult and guards cannot make it to their crossing location.
If there is an extreme cold warning of -30° C or colder, guards would not be on duty even if the schools remain open. This procedure would be implemented as follows:
Extreme heat alert and extreme heat warning:
Environment Canada notifies Halton Region directly when their weather surveillance indicates an impeding heat event in our area. The evidence-based criteria takes into account both the intensity and duration of a heat event.
If there is a heat alert, crossing guard will be on duty, but service may be interrupted or intermittent if guards cannot make it to their crossing guard location. If there were an extreme heat warning of 31°C or warmer, guards may not be on duty even if the schools remain open. This procedure would be implemented as follows:
School crossing guard: refers to a person sixteen years of age or older who is directing the movement of persons across a highway and who is employed by the town.
School children pedestrian: includes school children from grade K to grade 6.
The Director of Engineering and Construction or designate, is responsible for approval and denial of requests for crossing guard locations in accordance with this procedure.
The Senior Manager of Transportation Strategy is responsible for interpretation and maintenance of the procedure.
Procedure Number: MS-CDV-002-002
Parent Policy: MS-CDV-002
Section: Municipal Services
Sub-Section: Community Development
Author: Engineering and Construction
Effective Date: 2012 July 9
Review by Date: 2020
Last Modified: 2015 Nov 16
Appendix A - School Crossing Guard Warrant
Province of Ontario Highway Traffic Act
October 7, 2002 Staff Report - Proposed Adult School Crossing Guard Warrant
October 21, 2002 Council Minutes Item 5 - Approval of Adult School Crossing Guard Warrant
Environment Canada - Public Alerting Criteria
Halton Region Health Department - Cold Alert