Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of morning keeps Grandview's school crossing guards from helping students complete their travels to school.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of morning keeps Grandview's school crossing guards from helping students complete their travels to school.

"Our main duty at the corner is to make sure the children get across the street safely and make sure the intersection is clear," said Grandview Clerk of Courts Linda Wheeler.

Wheeler, who supervises the crossing guard program, has also served as a guard since 1991.

The crossing guards are employees of the police department and their pay comes out of the department's budget, Grandview Police detective Carol Harper said.

Crossing guards are posted at four intersections - First and Fairview, First and Grandview, First and Oxley and Oxley and Northwest, Harper said.

Along with Wheeler, other regular crossing guards are Sue Harvey, Bret Sinclair, Vi Cornette and Joyce Senter.

"Most of us have been crossing guards for a long time," Wheeler said.

That experience helps make the annual training sessions in August much easier, Harper said.

"With so little turnover, the training basically gives us a chance to find out what problems they are having, which gives our officers an idea of what they need to be looking for," she said.

The crossing guards do not direct traffic, they control it, Harper said.

The guards are on duty beginning 15 minutes before the start of school and for 15 minutes after the end of the school day, she said.

When they are not on other calls, officers park their cruisers near the intersections to monitor and make sure motorists are obeying the crossing guards and watching out for the children, Harper said.

For the most part, motorists do take care, as do most students, she said.

A much bigger problem is parents who are walking their children to school, Harper said.

Many times, perhaps because they are running late, parents usher their children across the street outside of the crosswalks, she said.

"We're monitoring that situation and we're still doing soft enforcement," Harper said. "We're trying to find a solution to the problem."

That could include, ultimately, enforcement of pedestrian crossing laws, she said.

"Children should really be crossing within the crosswalk, whether a crossing guard is there or not," Wheeler said. "It's important for them to get used to doing that, and parents can help" by leading their children through the crosswalk.

Serving as a crossing guard "is a really fun job," she said. "It's fun to watch the children year after year grow and change as they get older. It's nice to know you're there to help them get safely to school."

No matter the weather, the guards are on duty if school is in session.

"It's not too bad, because you're only out there for 15 minutes at a time," Wheeler said. "The worse time is after a big snowfall when the snow has turned to ice."

While the city has its crossing guard roster in place, it is always looking for residents willing to serve as substitutes, she said.

Applications are available at the municipal building, Wheeler said.