Lack of crossing guards in Beulah worrying parents, schools

BEULAH, N.D. - Crossing guards may not be in the school budget, but they play a vital role in keeping children safe before and after class.

In Beulah, there aren't enough volunteers to fill those positions, which administrators say can put young people in danger.

The four-way stops are the busiest around 3:00 p.m. The elementary school principal says not having crossing guards has made pick-up time a little worrisome. And the lack of crossing guards near Beulah Elementary is concerning some parents too.

"Cars do pass through and sometimes the kids don't know if they can cross or not and the cars keep passing through a lot of times.," said Sharon Scott, parent.

The elementary school says they want the kids to be as safe outside as they are inside.

"Our little kids are so short that you can't see them over your vehicles or the buses. So they just see if their parents are parked in that spot. You know a parent will wave and they'll take off," said Amber Skalsky, elementary principal.

She says the police department has been a help because of the lack of volunteers.

"They'll sit right there. They watch traffic, they'll help, whatever the school needs. If the school calls and asks if we'll help out with something, if we're able to, we will definitely do that," said Ben Newman. Beulah police officer.

Some parents are doing the best they can to give a helping hand.

"I just thought it would be nice to help out at the elementary school knowing that they needed a crossing guard and thought I would be able to help them out in some way," Scott said.

Scott volunteered Friday afternoon and says she hopes others will tag along too.

Skalsky says they hope they get more volunteers and they aim to build a monthly calendar to schedule in more crossing guards and keep those little kids safe