Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is a statewide event devoted to saying thank you to those who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school. Williamsburg-James City County’s Safe Routes to School thanks Mr. Howard Wallace of James River Elementary school. We also recognize all who support our students at arrival and dismissal throughout the academic year.

Important Messages for Students

  • Cross with the help of an adult or older sibling. And older students to help younger siblings cross the street.
  • Wait at least 3 steps away from the edge of the sidewalk or curb.
  • Stay on the sidewalk until the crossing guard gives the signal that it is safe to cross.
  • Always look left-right-left, as well as behind and then watch the crossing guard to see if it the crossing is clear of cars and safe to cross.
  • Always cross in front of the crossing guard.
  • Only walk in the marked crosswalk when crossing the street. If there is no marked crosswalk, walk directly in front of the crossing guards and make a straight line to the opposite side of the street.
  • Obey crossing guards at all times. Students need to follow directions as the crossing guard may see a potential threat that is not clear to students.
  • Thank crossing guards for the work that they do every day. A simple “thanks for your help today” can go a long way towards showing crossing guards that they are valuable members of the community.