South Dublin County Council

School Wardens

School Warden Service.

The school warden service provided by South Dublin County Council caters for thousands of children attending schools in the county on a daily basis during school terms. The wardens are identifiable by the high visibility uniforms worn, and the STOP sign used to stop traffic. In order to carry out their duties effectively they require the co-operation of all road users.

Using a school warden crossing

  • Children should assemble and wait on the footpath behind the warden.
  • Remain on the path until the school warden gives instructions to ‘cross now’.
  • When crossing, walk straight across in FRONT of the warden.
  • Keep looking in both directions and listening for traffic when crossing.
  • Never fool around at the crossing.
  • Never follow the school warden onto the road while he/she is endeavouring to stop traffic.
  • Never run across the road for fear of tripping and falling.
  • Never cross while the school warden is returning to the footpath from the centre of the roadway.


  • Be prepared to stop at the school warden crossing if requested to do so
  • Never stop on the crossing
  • Never stop on the zig zag lines at schools, it can block sightlines for the warden and other drivers