Our goal as we move forward with the Fall Driver Education program is to keep our students and instructors safe and healthy as we provide driver training to high school students as they learn to be safe and courteous drivers. We must also follow state guidelines from the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Education in everything we do. With these goals and guidelines in mind we had to make some changes to how our program provides instruction. 

 The biggest change is moving our classroom portion to an online format. We will be using YouTube video lessons to provide instruction along with Zoom meetings at your regular classroom times. Our instructors have done a great job of trying to keep the YouTube lessons as close to the regular classroom lessons as possible. One cool benefit is that you can watch a lesson more than once if you need to. The Zoom meetings are mandatory and provide an opportunity for students and instructors to check-in and ask questions. Your instructor may schedule an outside presenter at various times throughout the course during these meetings depending on availability etc. Students should think of the Zoom meeting as a required class as attendance will be taken. I’m sure many of you have discovered that this kind of instruction does take some personal discipline but also provides some flexibility. It is important that your student stay up with the assigned work in the class.

 The chapter tests and the final written exam will be administered using Google Forms. The chapter tests are open book and collaborative. We want you to learn the information! The final test is closed book and will be proctored during your last Zoom meeting. We still need you to demonstrate that you know the information!

 Our behind the wheel training will start September 19th. We have developed a policy to help keep everyone safe and our vehicles clean, please see our Written Emergency Procedures for Behind the Wheel Training for full details. Face coverings will be required in the vehicles and we would like to request that students make sure they bring one with them to every driving session.

 Because of where it falls during the week and our current schedule we will have classes and behind the wheel labs on Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11th.   

  We are really excited to be able to get back to preparing safe drivers for our roads and look forward to working with you and your student. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us. 

 

Regards,

 Tony Summers

Program Manager

 2804 SW 6th St.

 Redmond, OR 97756

 (541) 693-5697

 tony.summers@hdesd.org