Traffic Safety Programs
CAA School Safety Patrol Program – Toronto
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) School Safety Patrol program has more than 20,000 student volunteers in Ontario with more than 2,300 patrollers in Toronto alone. Student Patrollers encourage and model safe behaviour to other students and the greater community. These safety specialists are trained each year through a formal course provided by CAA to the local CAA-approved training partner. All Toronto trainers are police officers.
There are two types of Patrollers – Bus and Foot Patrollers – with schools determining whether they need one or both types.
Foot Patrollers monitor school crossings by ensuring students cross roads near their school in a safe and responsible manner. Unlike adult Crossing Guards, Patrollers do not stop or direct traffic.
Bus Patrollers help the Bus Driver transport student passengers to and from school in a safe and orderly manner, as well as setting a proper example. Patrollers only exit the bus to assist with the loading and unloading of students at the school.
Safety of Patrollers while on duty is ensured through top-notch training, adult supervision and regular audits. Patrollers wear a bright lime green vest as their uniform, which has been designed with safety and visibility in mind.
The program is a success due to the partnerships between CAA, the police, school boards, Bus Drivers, consortiums, teachers, parents and dedicated student volunteers. It’s this team approach that has allowed the program to be successful.
For more information please visit the CAA website.