ORLANDO, Fla. – As hundreds of thousands of students head back to school Monday in Orange County, officials say there is still a shortage of crossing guards for the upcoming school year.
At the beginning of summer, Orange County deputies needed to fill 60 spots, but News 6 has learned the county still has 19 openings.
Over the weekend, the Orange County Sheriff's Office held classes for the new crossing guards.
"Our school crossing guards are the best, and we welcome our newest guards," Orange County sheriff's spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.
Pay for new crossing guards starts at $12.50 per hour.
Any intersection not covered by a guard will have a deputy present to ensure everyone is safe.
Anyone interested in becoming a crossing guard can apply at the Orange County Sheriff's Office website.