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Crossing guard schedule?

Original post made by kbenson, Downtown, on Jan 29, 2013

Does anyone know what the typical schedule is? I would assume it is 30 minutes prior to 1st bell until 10 minutes after last?

Here is why I am asking.

I notice the crossing guards @ Vintage hills + Mohr and the guard @ valley/koln st. are on duty for a longer period of time.

The guard who is situated @ Santa Rita and black ave, is posted for a VERY short period of time. I would say less than 30 minutes total in the am and again 30 minutes in PM (30 minutes is generous) + The guard only crosses 1/2 the street (direction downtown) but not the side going toward valley.

The intersection of santa rita and Black are dangerous. Cars seem to go over the speed limit and when making turns they pay attention to the vehicle traffic but not so much pedestrians.

I doubt a good reason exists for the limited crossing guard activity at this intersection, but if anyone knows, please inform.



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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Here is where guards are posted and a number to call: Web Link They are provided through the City. There is also a request for proposal from 2011 that lists scope of services (starts on page 27). It indicates the City reserves the right to determine hours, with some 15,000 total hours anticipated. Web Link

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

thx Kathleen!

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Posted by Freddie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Does anyone know if there is psychological testing of crossing guards? Or are we just to leave it up to fate? In other words, where exactly is our tax money going?

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

From the RFP I posted above:

G. The Proposer shall utilize only its employees to provide the Crossing Guard Program. The Proposer shall be required to provide for the supervision of all employees associated with conducting the Crossing Guard Program; including the recruitment, pre-employment screening, hiring, discipline, and termination of employees.
H. The Proposer shall provide personnel equipped and trained in appropriate procedures for crossing pedestrians in marked crosswalks. Such personnel shall herein be referenced as Crossing Guards. In the performance of their duties the Proposer and Crossing Guards shall conduct themselves in accordance with the conditions of this Agreement and the laws and codes of the State of California and the City of Pleasanton.
O. The Proposer shall certify that all employees selected to perform the duties of a crossing guard in the City of Pleasanton have never been convicted of, or pled nolo contendere to, any felony, a crime of moral turpitude, or a crime against children, including, but not limited to, following:
 Conduct which requires registration under California Penal Code § 290;
 Conduct which requires registration under California Health and Safety Code § 11590;
 Conduct which requires registration under California Penal Code § 457.1;
 Conduct in violation of California Penal Code §§ 220, 245.3, 245.5, 261, 264.1, 266(e), 266(h), 266(i), 314, 315, 316, 318, 647(a), 647(b), or 647(d);
 Any offense listed in California Penal Code § 12021;
 Any offense involving the use of force or violence upon another person;
 Any offense involving theft, fraud, dishonesty or deceit;
 Any offense involving the manufacture, sales, possession, or use of a controlled substance, as defined by the California Health and Safety code.
 Conspiracy or attempt to commit any of the aforementioned offenses.
The Proposer shall not provide Crossing Guards that:
 Currently, or have been within the past five years, an unlawful user of a controlled substance as defined by the California Health and Safety Code; and/or within a class of persons defined in the California Welfare and Institutions Code §§ 8100 or 8103.
In addition, the recruitment process shall incorporate a Pre-Employment Screening Program that includes:
 An employment reference check;
 A criminal background check and a fingerprint check;
 A drug and alcohol screening test;
 Social Security verification; and
 Only documented, authorized Proposer employees are eligible to work or permitted on or in City facilities (Verification of the INS-9 forms must be provided to the City upon request).
In order to establish identity and ineligibility under item 3 of this Agreement, all Crossing Guards shall provide the City with fingerprints and a recent photograph on an annual basis. Fingerprints shall be taken at a place designated by the City.
P. Any employee whose conduct is not satisfactory, as determined by the City of Pleasanton, shall be removed from providing crossing guard services in the City of Pleasanton.

It goes on for many pages.

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Posted by Freddie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

The question then becomes, since psychological testing is not being performed ...

Whose supervising the Proposers?

Does any one get the sense we're slipping into a quagmire here?

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Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Feb 2, 2013 at 10:20 am

There should be guards at all schools, including the entrance and exit to pick-up lots. I work for an after school program and pick up kids at various schools in the Tri Valley. Yesterday I saw 3 kids on bikes almost get hit because the mother in her large SUV wasn't paying attention. One of the bikers came within inches of the passenger door. Then at HP, some mother comes flying into the pick-up line, cutting me off, and the 10 cars behind me. She then gets into the 'passing' lane and I come up next to her. Her window is down so I decide to put mine down and tell her "You're going to kill someone driving like that." She cusses me out AND then goes back to texting on her cell phone! (K, I'm done venting.)

Parents in these towns need to slow down and be patient picking up their kid.