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Drivers Education

Important Information
Drivers Education Spring 2020

IMPORTANT DATES:   April 15th - Payment ($240 paid on Infinite Campus or by check mailed in to Paola High School - 401 North Angela - Paola, Kansas - 66061) is due and online enrollment will take place.  Please check this site and the email you have provided for important updates should this date or information pertaining to the course offerings for this
summer have to be amended due to additional state mandates concerning 
COVID-19.

 

 

PART 1 - ONLINE CLASSROOM PORTION        https://vplonline.remote-learner.net/                    
Around April 20th, use the following…                    firstname.lastname      changeme    

Traditional driver education programs require students to attend class sessions on a daily or weekly basis, typically during the spring and summer. Again this year, the classroom portion will be contracted through Greenbush Educational Service Center. This completely online classroom program can be a challenge for some students at first, but most students prefer this online instruction method to a traditional class attendance format during their already busy spring and summer time schedules. The online format also allows students to work at their own pace and is a good life lesson for students who are procrastinators as all of the work cannot be completed in a couple of days. There are several practical assignments in the course including students observing intersections, interviewing professional and experienced drivers, and other authentic assignments that attach meaning to the class work and make it relevant for students. Due to the COVID-19 situation, not having computer access at home or at a family member residence might make taking the course difficult. Please explore free wi-fi opportunities and check with your home district for device availability. As students near the end of the classroom work, a comprehensive final will have to be taken. The final will be scheduled with Mr. King and will be proctored. Any quiz or assignment that a student fails to get an 80% on, must be retaken. If a quiz is failed three times, you will have to contact Mr. King and have the test reset in order to continue with the course. All components of the classroom portion must be completed by a future date to be determined..

PART 2 - DRIVING PORTION 

All students are required to complete competencies for driving submitted to and approved by the state of Kansas. There is no state requirement for a specified amount of time that any student is required to drive during driver education. Most driving programs in the state utilize checklists for students who are able to complete skills without instructor prompt. If your son/daughter has some driving experience and is able to complete the competencies at the start of the program, they may complete their in-car competencies much quicker than a student who has only driven a lawn mower or a video game controller. As an instructor, the most difficult part of teaching a new driver is getting them comfortable with the vehicle controls and performing simultaneous tasks, such as breaking, blinking, and turning. Once a student is comfortable in the car and can control it, then we can begin teaching  the rules and procedures of the road and building skills necessary for safe operation of a motor vehicle. Please understand that no amount of driving can prepare a driver for every situation and after a student has passed the driving portion, there are 50 hours of required behind the wheel time before a student will eventually receive their restricted and then full license. This 50 hours (10 at night) is critical for reinforcing skills learned in driver education and building your son/daughter’s confidence in themselves, as well as your confidence in them as you prepare yourself to allow them to drive independently. The Graduated Driving Law is unique to each student’s age when they receive their instructional permit (IP) and more information is available on the flyer available at this meeting. WE WILL DETERMINE THE DRIVING SCHEDULE AS HEALTH MANDATES ARE EVENTUALLY LESSENED. 

An IP is not required to take driver education, but it is to your benefit to get it as close to your 14th birth date as possible. This will officially start the 12 month requirement for having the IP before you can move to the Restricted License. Being enrolled in driver education does excuse you from having to take the written test at the DMV to get the IP. If you would like to get your IP prior to driving in class, you may do this by obtaining a DE-99 parent permit from Mr. King. Once you have finished your driving course (both online and in-car) you will receive a certificate of completion. This will also allow you to get your IP or Farm Permit without testing as well, or move to the restricted license if you have had your IP for 12 months. 

IMPORTANT DATES:   April 15th - Payment ($240 paid on Infinite Campus or by check mailed in to Paola High School - 401 North Angela - Paola, Kansas - 66061) is due and online enrollment will take place. Please check this site and the email you have provided for important updates should this date or information pertaining to the course offerings for this
summer have to be amended due to additional state mandates concerning COVID-19.

                                       FINAL EXAM (proctored by Mr. King) - TBD (watch your email)

CONTACT INFORMATION:       Mr. King james.king@greenbush.org              913-285-0494(cell)

 

To enroll in the Drivers Ed. Spring 2020 class click here and fill out the form.

 

  • Students must be 14 years old by May 1st  in order to take drivers education at Paola High School. 
    An instructional permit is encouraged, but not required.
  • For Questions in regards to the Graduated Licensing Laws in the state of KS, 
    please visit the link below. 
  • http://kansasgdl.org/
  • Additional questions, please contact: James King (click on name to email)
    cell: 913-285-0494
     

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