As cars drive by along Clearbrook Road, often well above the 30 km/h speed limit, crossing guard Marylyn Miller stands between the hectic traffic and young students and their parents heading into Clearbrook Elementary School on a rainy morning. Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

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Abbotsford schools rehire all crossing guards after contract changes

Crossing guards shared concerns after Abbotsford Community Services dropped contract in October

The Abbotsford School District says it has successfully rehired all crossing guards, after a number of them expressed anxieties over contract changes.

Abbotsford Community Services served notice of ending its contract for the service in October, sparking concerns from crossing guards and the community that the service could be reduced. As well, some crossing guards noted that they relied on the job to supplement their pensions.

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But a report to the school board Tuesday evening from secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk says the school district has “successfully structured crossing guards as school district employees.”

That will come into effect on Jan. 7, in time for school to start up again after the winter break.

“A letter of understanding has been signed with Teamsters Local 31 adding this classification and relevant terms of employment. The Human Resources Department has hired all of the crossing guards who previously worked for Abbotsford Community Services,” the report reads.

That includes 28 staff at 25 crossing locations, as well as eight substitute staff, and the district’s HR department is reportedly continuing to recruit for substitutes.

Supervision and training will fall under the mandate of the district’s transportation manager.

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