Safety Patrol Manual
Welcome to the Bennett Safety Patrols! We are so glad that you have chosen to be a patrol during your 5th grade year here at Bennett Elementary. Being a patrol is a lot of work and a BIG responsibility. As a patrol you are seen as a leader in your class and on campus. Younger students will look up to you, teachers will depend on you and parents will recognize you. Wearing the belt means you agree to take on these responsibilities. As you read through this handbook, please make sure that you understand all of your duties and that you are willing to uphold them.
Election of Patrols
Safety patrols must be in fifth grade. Patrols are elected from input from teachers, administration and staff. Consideration is based on previous student interest, academic achievement, commitment, sense of responsibility, and attitude toward others. In most cases, students who are dedicated to their work will be dedicated to patrol responsibilities.
- Safety Patrol participation offers students an early opportunity to serve as a school volunteer. It is an organization that promotes: Citizenship, Leadership, Service and Responsibility
- The primary goals of a patrol are:
- To help protect students from automobile accidents while they are on school property.
- To help students to develop sound habits while on school property.
- To foster qualities of leadership and good citizenship in patrol members.
- To be good role models for all students.
- To encourage students to observe safety rules at all times.
- To know and enforce “fairly” all rules and regulations.
If you are going to be absent for any reason, you must call Mrs. Boggan to let her know. If you know in advance that you will miss school, it is your responability to arrange a substitute from the sub list. If you become suddenly ill, you do not have to find a substitute for the first day of your absence. However, if you are absent longer than one day you must arrange a substitute. (We will provide you with a list of Safety Patroller phone numbers to help you arrange a sub.) Unexcused (no sub) absence can result in your dismissal from Safety Patrol.
- Maintain your grades at or above a C in all academic subjects (Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies). You must have all 1’s or 2’s in Social Development. Mrs. Boggan will check your grades quarterly.
- Performs respectfully, including showing up for your duty post on time everyday.
The daily schedule for a Safety Patrol at Bennett Elementary will consist of the following:
- All patrols are to be at their post by 7:15 am and 1:45 pm.
- Patrols are NOT to leave their duty post until 2:15 pm (12:15 pm on Early Release Days).
- At the time of sign in, the patrol is to have their belt on.
- Patrols are to report to their classrooms by 8:10 am.
- All patrols are responsible for their own belt and must wear their belt everyday.
- Do your job to the best of your ability.
- Patrols will make accurate and detailed reports about misbehaviors on the tablet provided.
- Patrols will be kind and positive when making requests. They will thank students who comply with their request.
- Be the best Bobcat you can be.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t lean on the wall or pole while on duty!
- Don’t visit with friends while on duty.
- Don’t go out into traffic to retrieve an object that has fallen into the driveway. Do let the traffic pass, and then have the supervising adult help with the situation.
- Do keep a smile on your face! Have a good attitude and have fun
- Do get to your post quickly, and if you work in the morning, hurry to class when your job is done! ( Don't hang around the hall chatting with friends)
- Do stand on the sidewalk one step back from the curb at your designated position. (Stay out of the street and stay off the curb! Cars have run up on the curb in the past)
Rewards and Consequences
- Hot Chocolate Program
Students will be given hot chocolate on those very cold days.
- Pizza Lunches
Every so often, the school will put on a lunch for the patrols. This will be a special lunch just for patrols not on probation.
- Recognition Day
Recognizing the achievements of patrols in a general assembly is another way of reinforcing the importance of this job, not only to the patrols but to the other students as well. Patrols will be recognized during the awards ceremony.
- Patrol of the Month
Having a Patrol of the Month award is important to the success of Bennett Elementary. This will be handed out and announced each month.
- Year End Wind-Ups
Having a year-end wind-up for the patrols is a nice “thank-you” on behalf of the school. Wind-ups will include a special lunch honoring the hard work of patrols.
Not being responsible can cause you to lose your responsibility as a patrol.
- Students whose academic grades fall below a C grade average on any report card will automatically be placed on academic probation for nine weeks.
- Students receiving below ‘2’ in social development will be placed on probation for nine weeks.
- If a student fails to perform his/her duties as assigned will receive counseling and a demerit/written warning. After receiving 3 demerits they will be dismissed from being a patrol.
- Patrols who do not follow the guidelines of courtesy and politeness when serving duty posts or dealing with students and staff will receive a demerit/written warning, then removed as a patrol if it continues.
The Last Word(s)
Remember, by being on Safety Patrol you’re performing a valuable service for your school. It is a big responsibility, but we want it to be a fun and rewarding experience for you. Always feel free to talk to your Safety Patrol sponsor about any problem or concerns you may have.