HOBOKEN, NJ - Across the state, an exceptionally challenging school year is coming to a close in most districts. Here in Hoboken, the challenge began in March for crossing guards—who were furloughed by the City once COVID-19 restrictions closed school facilities altogether.
In all, 32 crossing guards and 12 traffic controllers were reportedly impacted by the furlough.
"They got paychecks through April 22—at that point all were furloughed," said Julie Kapsch, who had set up a GoFundMe page to help these personnel cope with the loss of income. "Also, quite a few of them have had trouble getting unemployment checks–some issues are system related, but most don’t know why they haven’t gotten them, and they can’t get in touch with anybody."
While the crossing guards and traffic controllers will likely return in the fall, many are concerned that they might not, due to Hoboken's ongoing City budget woes.
"They have been told that they will find out in the coming weeks," said Kapsch.
As for the funds raised, "Traffic Controllers and Crossing Guards were sent a note from me letting them know that the community wanted to support them through this tough time and to reach out if they needed help," said Kapsch. "Some needed help, and some just said thank you. We have helped with rent, paying other bills, groceries and cash."
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