On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation that declared February 4, 2022, as Crossing Guard Appreciation Day to recognize the hard work and dedication of our state’s crossing guards.

“Crossing guards have one of the most important jobs in public service,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “Each school day, crossing guards ensure our students make it to and from the classroom safely. Their dedication deserves recognition today and every day.”

With Osceola County being the 2nd fastest growing county in Florida, driver and pedestrian safety has been a commonly discussed topic with local law enforcement agencies, the school district, and Bike Walk of Central, a non-profit organization that administrates Operation Best Foot Forward which works to improve pedestrian safety all over Central Florida.

In 1992, the Florida Legislature passed the “Ramon Turnquest School Crossing Guard Act” which requires school crossing guard programs to train their guards according to guidelines developed by FDOT. Florida has become a national leader in developing crossing guard uniform training guidelines and curriculum, providing FDOT’s train-the-trainer program to educate trainers on the safe, effective techniques and crossing procedures for crossing guards. FDOT also works with law enforcement agencies and other partners to provide uniform training across the state for the consistent, safe operation of school crossings statewide. For more information, visit FDOT.gov/SchoolCrossingGuard.