Orange County pushing for crossing guards

25 crossing guard positions need to be filled

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is making a big push for crossing guards as the school year quickly approaches.

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With the first day of school less than two weeks away, deputies said 25 crossing guard positions need to be filled at elementary and middle schools.

"Our most precious asset is Orange County are our kids," said spokeswoman Jane Watrel.  "We wan't them to get to school safe and the school crossing guards are an integral part of that."

Until all positions are filled, uniformed deputies will be stationed at intersections where there is a crossing guard void.

"There will be someone at every crossing, but we have to pull from our patrol deputies when we don't have school crossing guards," said Watrel.

Adults applying for the job must have a clean criminal record and be able to spot potential traffic hazards.

Crossing guards hired will earn $10.33 per hour and be able to work up to four hours a day at two separate crossings.

The first day of school in Orange County is Aug. 24.

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