Parents at Westview Elementary School finally saw a crossing guard directing traffic Tuesday morning. This, after going more than a week without one.
Many parents tell NewsChannel 9 that it's raising a larger concern about crossing guards and how they're assigned in Hamilton County.
Gretchen Allen drops off her son every morning at Westview Elementary.
"It just gets very chaotic in the morning," said Allen.
For the past week or two, there hasn't been a crossing guard at her son's school, forcing many parents and students to fight the already heavy traffic on East Brainerd Road.
"I, personally almost got hit this morning trying to get out," said Allen.
Tuesday, a new school patrol officer was out in front of Westview Elementary.
But Allen believes every school should have a crossing guard all the time- and we found out that's not the case.
It's up to local law enforcement to decide which schools are assigned an officer to help with drop off and pick up and which schools aren't.
The Hamilton Sheriff's Office assigns officers at only 9 of their 19 schools in the unincorporated parts of the county.
Chattanooga Police has employees only assigned to 35 out of 38 schools.
Both tell us they’re fully trained by the traffic division and are placed at schools where there's high traffic.
Clarence Myree has four kids in Hamilton County schools. He believes there's a need for crossing guards at every school AND says sometimes even that's not enough.
"Their job is to watch children, not speeding cars, so how can they watch out for children crossing the road and trying to get your tag number and trying to remember it," said Myree.
You may recall Noelle Bittle, a crossing guard from Lookout Valley Elementary, was hit by a car just last week on the job. She's recovering.
Chattanooga Police tell us school patrols officers are assigned if:
-Children have to cross a busy street to get to school
-There is no traffic signal for children to cross the street
-There is no pull off to pick-up or unload children
-Traffic needs to be stopped for the entry and exit of buses
-It is dark or dusk during school zone hours
-There is a heavy flow of traffic during school zone hours.
By Jerry Askin