Florida Senate - 2020                                     SB 754
       By Senator Baxley
       12-00872A-20                                           2020754__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to school crossing guards; amending s.
    3         316.75, F.S.; authorizing a school crossing guard
    4         employed by a private school, upon approval of the
    5         sheriff of the county in which such private school is
    6         located, to direct traffic at certain locations under
    7         certain circumstances; providing that the school
    8         crossing guard is not required to meet specified
    9         uniform minimum standards; authorizing the school
   10         crossing guard to perform his or her duties without
   11         the immediate supervision of a fully qualified law
   12         enforcement officer if approved by the sheriff of the
   13         county; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Section 316.75, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   18  read:
   19         316.75 School crossing guards.—
   20         (1) The Department of Transportation shall adopt uniform
   21  guidelines for the training of school crossing guards. Each
   22  local governmental entity administering a school crossing guard
   23  program shall provide a training program for school crossing
   24  guards according to the uniform guidelines.
   25         (2) Successful completion of the training program shall be
   26  required of each school guard except:
   27         (a)(1) A person who received equivalent training during
   28  employment as a law enforcement officer.
   29         (b)(2) A person who receives less than $5,000 in annual
   30  compensation in a county with a population of less than 75,000.
   31         (c)(3) A student who serves in a school patrol.
   32         (3)(a) Upon approval of the sheriff of the county in which
   33  a private school, as defined in s. 1002.01, is located, a school
   34  crossing guard employed by the private school may direct traffic
   35  at fixed locations, approved by the sheriff of the county, on
   36  private school property or the portion of a county road with
   37  egress or ingress to private school property if the school
   38  crossing guard successfully completes at least 8 hours of
   39  instruction in traffic control procedures through a program
   40  approved by the Division of Criminal Justice Standards and
   41  Training of the Department of Law Enforcement or through a
   42  similar program offered by the sheriff’s department of the
   43  county or police department within the county.
   44         (b) A school crossing guard under this subsection is not
   45  required to otherwise meet the uniform minimum standards
   46  established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training
   47  Commission for law enforcement officers or auxiliary law
   48  enforcement officers under s. 943.13.
   49         (c) If approved by the sheriff of the county, a school
   50  crossing guard under this subsection may perform his or her
   51  duties without the immediate supervision of a fully qualified
   52  law enforcement officer.
   53         (4) School crossing guard training programs may be made
   54  available to nonpublic schools upon contract.
   55         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.