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School Patrol Crossing

We have received a message from Richard Watson who is the School Crossing Patrol Co-ordinator for Epping Forest, Harlow, Uttlesford & Braintree Education Department

Dear Parents/Carers

I manage the School Crossing Patrols at both of your schools, and I monitor the sites and the Patrol’s method of operation on a regular basis.

I have some concerns with the way some pedestrians use the School Crossing Patrols, and I would like to pass on some guideline notes to you:

  • Whenever possible, please walk up to the designated crossing point and cross with the Patrol there. We appreciate that it may be easier and quicker to cross the road before you reach the Patrol (especially if there are no vehicles approaching), but this can set a bad example others, especially younger students and those walking to and from school without supervision.
  • Please ensure that the Patrol is in the centre of the road and has indicated it is safe to cross prior to stepping out into the road. Please do not follow the Patrol directly into the road; it is their job to ensure the crossing is safe before inviting pedestrians to cross with them.
  • Please try not to congregate around the crossing point if you have no intention of crossing the road. We recognise kerb space is restricted close to the crossing points, but a crowd of people standing close to the crossing point can cause confusion for drivers.
  • Everybody I have witnessed recently has dismounted from cycles and scooters when crossing, which is exactly the correct thing to do and is much appreciated.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Kind regards

Richard Watson
School Crossing Patrol Co-ordinator for Epping Forest, Harlow, Uttlesford & Braintree
Education Department