Safe Passage Routes 

In the Fall of 2013, Chicago Public Schools expanded the Safe Passage program to support our students as they transitioned to new schools. 

The successful Safe Passage program led to a 20 percent decline in criminal incidents around Safe Passage schools, a 27 percent drop in incidents among students, and a 7 percent increase in attendance over the past two years in high schools that currently have the Safe Passage program.

Current Safe Passage routes will be sustained for the 2014-2015 school year. Safe Passage workers are the eyes and ears of their communities and will be our partners in providing safe routes to and from school every day for students.

Safe Passage Maps

View Safe Passage Maps by selecting your school.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the hiring process?
  2. In all cases, interested applicants must submit to the specific vendor an employment application. CPS is not conducting the hiring.  Choose what location interests you, then contact the specific vendor directly and they will be able to describe their exact hiring process.

  3. What are some of the desired qualifications?
  4. Successful candidates will typically possess the following qualifications:

    • Very knowledgeable (or preferably a member) of the community they wish to serve
    • Able to demonstrate a commitment to serving our students
    • Able to demonstrate an ability to build relationships with students and de-escalate conflicts
    • Consistent track record for being reliable and on time
    • Able to physically stand for long periods of time and tolerate all weather conditions
    • Able to read and write incident reports
    • Must be able to pass CPS Background Check (Click here for a list of enumerated offenses that will not be approved.)
    • Additional qualifications may apply for each specific vendor
  5. What are the issues that will prohibit someone from not being able to pass the CPS Background Check?
  6. Click here for a list of enumerated offenses that will not be approved.

  7. What are the hours and rate of pay for this position?
  8. All Safe Passage workers must be committed to work a total of 5 hours per day, 5 days a week.  The exact start and end times will vary by school.  In all cases, Safe Passage workers will need to work a split shift to support student arrival and dismissal, meaning people will be expected to work a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon.  Pay is $10/hour.

  9. Will I receive training if I am hired?
  10. All Safe Passage workers will receive training before they begin working as well as ongoing support to promote a successful experience.

  11. When will all hiring be completed?
  12. Vendors accept applications year round. Please contact the vendors below for schools in your community.

Proposed Safe Passage Vendor Assignments

Target Area
School Assignment:  Jensen, Ryder, Johnson, Crown, Lawndale
Westside Health Authority
School Assignment:  DePriest, Ellington, Dett, Leland
773-378-5034 ext. 2325
Alliance for Community Peace
School Assignment:  Morton, Gresham, Urban Prep
Black United Fund 
School Assignment: Harvard, Wentworth
Network of Woodlawn
School Assignment:  Dulles, Wadsworth, South Shore, Fiske
Nehemiah Roseland Ceasefire
School Assignment:  Gompers, Haley, Metcalfe
Bright Star Community
School Assignment:  I. Wells, Mollison, Pershing, Drake
A Knock At Midnight
School Assignment:  O’Toole, Nicholson, Langford
American Enterprise
School Assignment:  Cather, Earle, Curtis, Montefiore, Sherwood, Revere
School Assignment:  C. Hughes, Herzl, Mason, Penn
Leave No Veteran Behind
School Assignment:  Courtenay, Northwest, Marshall Middle, Harte
School Assignment:  Otis, Diego, Chopin, Castellanos, Cardenas, Ames, McAuliffe Kelvyn Park, Chi Arts
SGA Youth and Family Services
School Assignment:  Cullen, Lavizzo, L. Hughes
School Assignment:  Burnham
School Assignment:  L. Ward, Gregory
Black Star Project
School Assignment:  Brennemann, Chappell, McCutcheon & Branch, McPherson
Saving Our Sons
School Assignment:  Tilton, Hefferan, Faraday, Melody
Teamwork Englewood
School Assignment:  Mays, Bass
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
School Assignment:  Clemente, Wells  

Page Last Modified on Tuesday, September 23, 2014