[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. II, Sec. 2-41, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Fort Lee, 1978, adopted 3-1-1979. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As a condition to prospective employment or continued employment by the Borough of Fort Lee of a school crossing guard (and not by way of limitation to other qualifications required by law or otherwise), each individual shall obtain written certification, as hereinafter provided, or minimum auditory and visual acuity. Specifically, each individual shall meet the following standards:
Distance visual acuity of at least 20/60 in each eye with or without corrective lenses;
Visual field of vision of at least 60º in the horizontal meridian in each eye;
The ability to recognize colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green and amber; and
The ability to perceive a forced whispered voice in the better ear of not less than five feet with or without the use of a hearing aid; or if tested by use of an audiometric device, does not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to an American National Standard (formerly ASA Standard) Z24.5-1951.
The Fort Lee Health Department shall, at no cost to the applicant or current crossing guard, conduct the examinations necessary in order to properly test for the standards set forth above. The Health Department shall submit a written report to the Borough Administrator certifying the results of each visual and auditory test.
In the event that an individual fails to meet the minimum auditory and visual standards set forth herein, the individual may, at his/her sole cost and expense, undertake corrective measures (i.e., lenses or hearing aid device) and, thereafter, again undertake the examinations required herein.
Nothing herein contained shall preclude an individual from obtaining the necessary written certification from a private physician, licensed in medicine, ophthalmology or optometry.
All school crossing guards presently employed by the Borough of Fort Lee shall undertake the examinations required herein within 30 days of the effective date of this chapter. In the event any present crossing guard fails to meet the minimum standard, he/she shall be given an additional 20 days to obtain corrective measures and retake the examinations.
In the event that any currently employed school crossing guard fails to obtain the written certification required hereunder, within the time frame established herein, the Borough Administrator shall notify the individual of his/her termination of employment, which shall be immediately effective.