Officials with the city of Austin are working to hire more crossing guards to help students safely cross the roads at nearly 100 Austin-area schools.

The gist

To help keep area school children safe while walking or biking to and home from school, officials hope to hire at least 35 more crossing guards throughout the area including Austin, Del Valle, Eanes, Pflugerville, Leander, Manor and Round Rock.

The details

Brad Cesak, city of Austin public information specialist, said the job has become more appealing recently after the pay increased to $20 per hour. Cesak said the job requires the crossing guard to work 2.5 hours a day during weekdays, which translates to $1,000 a month. Those hired are expected to be present at their posted location wearing their safety equipment in the mornings and again in the afternoons, Cesak said, while making sure the location is free of obstructions and helping students cross the street. Other requirement include being able to stand for 1-1.5 hours with the ability to push and pull up to 100 pounds.

Quote of note

"Crossing guards add an extra degree of visibility to remind motorists they are around a school and provide an extra pair of eyes on the sidewalks of campuses," Cesak said.

Learn more

Anyone interested in applying should do so quickly as Cesak said the positions should be filled before the start of the 2023-24 school year in mid-August.

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