NYC’s Department of Education’s Grab-and-Go is an excellent program during this COVID-19 crisis. I’ve passed by several schools where it has been implemented. To insure the safety of the parents and children picking up these meals, NYPD has assigned crossing guards at the schools. My observation – why so many? I’ve seen between 6 and 8 posted at the corners (at the school and the next block), sometimes one on each of the 4 corners. I don’t think that the traffic to the Grab-and-Go program justifies the numbers, especially since it takes place between 7:30 and 1:30. During a normal school day, there’s only 1, maybe 2 guards assisting the entire school’s traffic (pedestrian and cars) during the peak morning and afternoon rush.
Recommendation : re-assign the excess to other much needed and important NYPD areas, such as monitoring the social distancing in our NYC parks, playgrounds and other public areas. I’m sure the NYC hospitals also need crowd monitoring (social distancing).Anonymous