School patrols have a very important job here at Diamond Path and throughout the state and provide a service for the school and the community. We sincerely hope that if your son or daughter is interested in becoming a patrol, that they realize what kind of responsibility is involved. To make a good patrol, your son or daughter will need to be punctual, caring and trustworthy. It can be a very rewarding experience.
We try to let as many fifth graders as possible become patrols. There are three types of patrols: kindergarten, crossing guards and bus patrols. Kindergarten patrols walk the P.M. kindergarten students to Diamond Path. This takes place between 12:45 P.M. and 1:10 P.M., so they do have to miss about 15 minutes of recess once every four weeks. The students that they walk to school will be within one half mile of Diamond Path, and they will always have at least one other patrol member going with them.
Crossing guards, patrol at the cross walks at the corners of Dominica and 147th Street and Drake Path and 144th Street. They enable walkers to get to school and home again safely and are on duty from 8:55 A.M. until 9:10 A.M. in the morning and 3:45 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the afternoon. Once again, they are not alone as they work in teams of two, three, or four students. When they are on duty, they will go Friday afternoon to Friday morning, one week per month.
The bus patrols "assist" the driver with his or her efforts to maintain control on the bus and may also be called upon to flag so children are able to cross the street at their bus stops. They are in no way responsible for disciplining other students. That's the driver's responsibility, not that of students. Patrols should never try to overstep their job responsibilities. When they do, they have a tendency to intimidate the younger student, and that's not what being a patrol is all about. They act as a liaison and a helper.
As rewards, patrols are able to take field trips to Skateville and the Park at the Mall of America.
Patrols are looked up to by many of the younger students, so they need to act as good role models and reflect our school in a positive way to the community.
If you think this sounds like something that would be good for your child, then by all means, have him/her sign up. We are certain they will all gain from this experience.
Please contact the Diamond Path office if you'd like to speak with one of the school patrol advisors.