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My new job

I started "on-site training" today for my new job as a school crossing job.
I applied months ago, had to wait for a background check and take a
polygraph exam, all so I can work 10 hours a week trying to keep elementary
school kids from being run over. I think there is a reason why it has been
years since they had all of the crossing guard positions filled.

Yesterday I was issued 2 pair of long uniform pants (which are being hemmed
so that they will "hang to the top of the shoe heel in the rear"), a pair
of uniform shorts, a large bright orange raincoat, a florescent yellow
safety vest that says "crossing guard" front and back, a pair of florescent
yellow gloves, a baseball cap that says "SCG", a lighted traffic wand
(which stopped working by the time I got home), a whistle with lanyard, a
badge, a picture ID card, and a binder with the Manual for School Crossing
Guards. They are having to special order my uniform shirts and coat (they
didn't have any shirts with 18 1/2 inch necks and 32 inch sleeves).

Donald Albury
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buckesfeld Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 02:36:30 GMT
Donald Albury <dalbury0978@not.bellsouth.net> wrote:

> I started "on-site training" today for my new job as a school
> crossing job. I applied months ago, had to wait for a background
> check and take a polygraph exam,


Are you kidding?!

Anyway, enjoy the job 🙂

U
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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 05:00:15 GMT, Uwe Buckesfeld <u.buckesfeld@gmx.de>
wrote:

>Are you kidding?!


Not at all. I will be working a few hundred feet from a school, and have
small children passing within a few feet of me, so they had to make sure
that I had no criminal record and was of sound moral character. In a y
case, every position at the police department, part-time as well as
full-time, clerical as well as sworn officers, requires the same screening.

>Anyway, enjoy the job 🙂


I'll try.

Donald Albury
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adrockk Trusted Contributor.
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Re: My new job

Uh... I work *in* a school and I didn't have to go through all that. They did a
quick background check and a drug test.
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Donald Albury spewed:

> On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 05:00:15 GMT, Uwe Buckesfeld <u.buckesfeld@gmx.de>
> wrote:
>
> > Are you kidding?!

>
> Not at all. I will be working a few hundred feet from a school, and have
> small children passing within a few feet of me, so they had to make sure
> that I had no criminal record and was of sound moral character. In a y
> case, every position at the police department, part-time as well as
> full-time, clerical as well as sworn officers, requires the same screening.
>
> > Anyway, enjoy the job 🙂

>
> I'll try.
>
> Donald Albury


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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:31:04 GMT, "Adam Gabriel"
<adrockk@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:

>Uh... I work *in* a school and I didn't have to go through all that. They did a
>quick background check and a drug test.


And when I volunteered as an Assistant Scoutmaster and went on camping
trips with young boys there wasn't even that. But this is a police
department, they have the staff in place to do the background checks and
and polygraphs, so every candidate for a job goes through it.

Donald Albury
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adrockk Trusted Contributor.
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Re: My new job

Ahh, I never realized the PD ran the crossing guards. Wonder if its like that
everwhere.

did they give you a badge?!

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Donald Albury spewed:

> On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:31:04 GMT, "Adam Gabriel"
> <adrockk@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:
>
> > Uh... I work in a school and I didn't have to go through all that. They did
> > a quick background check and a drug test.

>
> And when I volunteered as an Assistant Scoutmaster and went on camping
> trips with young boys there wasn't even that. But this is a police
> department, they have the staff in place to do the background checks and
> and polygraphs, so every candidate for a job goes through it.
>
> Donald Albury


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Anonymous_User Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

sounds like fun! enjoy the new job.

Donald Albury wrote:
> I started "on-site training" today for my new job as a school crossing job.
> I applied months ago, had to wait for a background check and take a
> polygraph exam, all so I can work 10 hours a week trying to keep elementary
> school kids from being run over. I think there is a reason why it has been
> years since they had all of the crossing guard positions filled.
>
> Yesterday I was issued 2 pair of long uniform pants (which are being hemmed
> so that they will "hang to the top of the shoe heel in the rear"), a pair
> of uniform shorts, a large bright orange raincoat, a florescent yellow
> safety vest that says "crossing guard" front and back, a pair of florescent
> yellow gloves, a baseball cap that says "SCG", a lighted traffic wand
> (which stopped working by the time I got home), a whistle with lanyard, a
> badge, a picture ID card, and a binder with the Manual for School Crossing
> Guards. They are having to special order my uniform shirts and coat (they
> didn't have any shirts with 18 1/2 inch necks and 32 inch sleeves).
>
> Donald Albury

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buckesfeld Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:58:53 GMT
Donald Albury <dalbury0978@not.bellsouth.net> wrote:

> But this is a police
> department, they have the staff in place to do the background checks
> and and polygraphs, so every candidate for a job goes through it.


OIC, "We bought that expensive device and so we will use it, no matter
if it makes sense or not!"
🙂

U
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zeffan Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

did they give you a badge?!


Probably not, but I'm sure our crossing guards think they have one! They aren't in any way connected with, nor given authority by, our local PD, but they sure THINK they are!
Our local crossing guard hard-case is a real PITA. He stands out there and directs traffic! (he's not supposed to)
No one has the guts to stand up to him (including the PD) because - after all - it's for the safety of the children! If you stand up to him or complain you MUST be against keeping children safe!
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buckesfeld Absent Member.
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 18:36:01 GMT
zeffan <zeffan@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:


> Probably not, but I'm sure our crossing guards think they have one!
> They aren't in any way connected with, nor given authority by, our
> local PD, but they sure THINK they are!


Hehe. Crossing guards aren't very common here. If there are any, they
are volunteers. Most schools have traffic lights for the pedestrian
crossings around.

From time to time hysteric parents call the cops to control the speed,
and usually the cops catch the parents speeding while they bring the
kids to school <G>

U

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zeffan Absent Member.
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usually the cops catch the parents speeding while they bring the
kids to school <G>


Yeah, like my wife a couple of years ago. <shaking head>
The funniest thing about it was that the cop who ticketed her lives near us and her daughter was in my wife's girl scout troop at the time. <snicker>

Needless to say my wife was embarassed about it around her for about 4 months.
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:06:46 GMT, "Adam Gabriel"
<adrockk@no-mx.forums.novell.com> wrote:

>Ahh, I never realized the PD ran the crossing guards. Wonder if its like that
>everwhere.


Seems to common in Florida.

>did they give you a badge?!


Yep! It looks like a police badge, but says "Crossing Guard" at the top and
"Gainesville FL" at the bottom, and has a multi-colored enamel
representation of the state seal on it. There is no badge number on it,
however.

Donald Albury
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I will be able to direct traffic after I have completed an 8 hour Florida
Department of Transportation certification course (police department
General Order 61.10). I'll wear the same basic uniform as sworn officers,
except that my shoulder patches, coat and reflective vest say "Crossing
Guard" and my baseball cap says "SCP". We are not supposed to yell at
anyone. We can use hand gestures to signal someone to slow down.

Donald Albury
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Re: My new job

On Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:23:56 GMT, "dan c." <dytcheungDEL@hotmail.com.del>
wrote:

>sounds like fun! enjoy the new job.


Some of the fun is watching drivers wait at the stop sign until cars on the
through street are almost in the intersection and then pull out in front of
traffic. Fortunately, the school zone speed limit is 15 MPH, which means
the through cars have very short braking distances.

Donald Albury
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zeffan Absent Member.
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We can use hand gestures to signal someone to slow down.


...at which point some of the drivers might use hand gestures of their own. <g>
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