So when I worked in an elementary school, I did the crossing-guard duty because it was a required “post” before and after school. I enjoyed it, and even volunteered for it. But if I hadn’t done it, some other employee at the school would have been made to do it.
To get to the school crossing, you had to walk along the (residential, but fairly busy at times) road until the sidewalk in front of the school stopped. Then you had to keep walking through grass, through a small ditch, before getting to the striped crosswalk.
The reason for this was so that the school district wouldn’t be legally and financially liable for any accidents.
I totally get that. You can’t predict tragedy, and you don’t want the district’s hands to be tied by litigious nonsense. (Especially in a pretty safe area, around a school that’s able to provide reasonable crossing guard service.)
But it still seemed like a double-standard was going on somewhere. Individual teachers and principals often talk about how the kids are the highest priority, but it would have been easier and safer for the kids to cross where there was a sidewalk, without having to appease legal considerations.