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Crossing guard shortage hits just before start of school

The Township of Scugog has announced that it facing a shortage of crossing guards just a Durham prepared to reopen schools.

“Due to a shortage of crossing guards, the township has prioritized school crossings based on the number of students,” said a statement.

For the start of the new school year two crossings will not be covered. These crossings are located at:

  1. Simcoe Street at Reach Street, and
  2. Simcoe Street at Queen Street.

The township said there are no substitute crossing guards at this time. “If schedules permit, trained township staff will assist to cover crossings, however some locations may not be covered if a crossing guard is sick. Should a crossing not be covered the township will post the absences on Scugog’s Facebook and Twitter pages”.

The township said it is continuing to seek qualified candidates who are interested in serving their community as a school crossing guard and hope to have all positions filled soon. The position pays $18.95 per hour with up to 10 hours of work per week.

To submit an application for a Crossing Guard position, email works@scugog.ca or call 905-985-7346 Ext. 112.

Scugog reminded motorists to help keep children safe as they return to school and:

  • Slow down when approaching a school zone;
  • Come to a complete stop once a crossing guard raises their stop sign;
  • Continue only after all children and the crossing guard are safely across the road; and
  • Observe all no stopping and no parking signs and park only in designated areas.

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