Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 754
By the Committee on Education; and Senator Baxley
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
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:
(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 Criminal Justice Standards and Training
41 Commission or through a similar program offered by the sheriff’s
42 department of the county or police department within the county.
43 (b) A school crossing guard under this subsection is not
44 required to otherwise meet the uniform minimum standards
45 established by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training
46 Commission for law enforcement officers or auxiliary law
47 enforcement officers under s. 943.13.
48 (c) If approved by the sheriff of the county, a school
49 crossing guard under this subsection may perform his or her
50 duties without the immediate supervision of a fully qualified
51 law enforcement officer.
52 (4) School crossing guard training programs may be made
53 available to nonpublic schools upon contract.
54 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.