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Hillsborough County releases new list of future crossing guard locations for middle schools

Posted at 9:35 AM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 11:54:55-04

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — ABC Action News has obtained the list of where crossing guards will be placed across middle schools in Hillsborough County.

Our Driving Tampa Bay Forward coverage has continued to show dangerous paths to school across Hillsborough County, including a crosswalk where three students were hit near Barrington Middle School.

Hillsborough County on a mission to hire enough crossing guards before school starts

Earlier this year, Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister and Commissioner Stacy White called for the expansion of the crossing guard program across its middle schools.

In February, Sheriff Chronister said, "we have a responsibility to do what it takes to keep our kids safe," said Sheriff Chronister.

"Ensuring the safety of our children is an important priority for everyone in this county."

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After a thorough study during the spring, Hillsborough County deputies did student, car ratio counts outside its 24 middle schools to determine where crossing guards should be placed.

In a list obtained by ABC Action News, here are where they have determined crossing guards should be placed. Click here for the full list.

ABC Action News was the first to report on a local PTSA raising money through a dodgeball tournament to help fund a private crossing guard company.

Parents work to hire private crossing guard company to keep kids safe outside Valrico Middle School

Commissioner Stacy White said after our story something had to be done, "it is unacceptable that parents have to raise money privately to keep our kids safe."

The Sheriff's Office will need to fill 78 positions total.If you would like to apply to be a crossing guard, click here.