Nominations Open for 2017 Virginia Outstanding Crossing Guard

News Release
January 03, 2018

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, January 26, by the Virginia Department of Transportation for Virginia’s 2017 Outstanding Crossing Guard of the Year. Parents, students, and teachers are welcome to submit a nomination and photo online at

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, a statewide event to say thank you to the individuals who help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school, will be celebrated in Virginia on Wednesday, February 14.  Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will observe the day by honoring the 80 crossing guards who manage 174 school-related crossings every day.  FCPS crossing guards are employees of the Fairfax County Police Department.

Schools and communities can plan their own Crossing Guard Appreciation Day activities to recognize the valuable role crossing guards play in ensuring student safety.  The FCPS Safe Routes to School program is working with the Fairfax County Police Department to distribute thank you gifts to all FCPS crossing guards.   Additional ideas for celebrating school crossing guards are available on the Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School website

For additional information about Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, contact Sally Smallwood at 571-423-4558 or