The Upper Bann MLA said, “School crossing patrols are a vital service helping to keep children safe on their way to school.
I have been in contact with the Education Authority about vacancies, both temporary and permanent, which have arisen. This includes at Clounagh Junor High School in my own constituency where many pupils need to cross an extremely busy road to get to school. This situation is mirrored in many other schools where currently there is no crossing patrol because recruitment for vacancies has been frozen.
It is my understanding that these schools will now be informed that recruitment is to be recommenced, ensuring that vacancies can be filled. Whilst the patrols are not a statutory service which must be provided by law, they perform a crucial role and it offers parents greater peace of mind.
The return of the ‘lollipop’ men and women to schools who have faced vacancies will be warmly welcomed by everyone.”