Driver Education Announcement
Dear Sanderson High School Parents,
Driver Education classes have resumed for 2020. All classes will be offered via an online platform for October, November, and December. To be eligible to take the class, a student must be 14 years and 6 months of age at the start of class and register at Jordan Driving School. During the 30-hour classroom phase of Driver Education, students will be scheduled to come to the main lobby of the school to meet a representative from Traffic Safety Division of the DMV and to perform a vision and medical screening. A student who successfully completes 30-hours of classroom instruction and screening is issued a Restricted Instruction Permit which allows the student to drive a Driver Education vehicle during their behind-the-wheel training with a certified Driver Education teacher. Behind -the-wheel training occurs approximately six weeks after completion of the class with students prioritized based on age.
- Gus Lovett
- Lead Teacher - Sanderson High School Driver Education
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Obtaining a Driving Eligibility Certificate during COVID-19 school closure
The following process will allow students currently enrolled at Sanderson High School to receive a Driving Eligibility Certificate (DEC) while school buildings are closed due to COVID-19.
DECs are only valid for 30 days; therefore, students are only eligible to receive a DEC during this time if they have a confirmed appointment with the NCDMV within 30 days of the date of the request.Per NC Legislation, students are required to have passed 70% or 3 out of 4 classes last semester in order for Driving Eligibility Certificate to be issued.NC Legislation requires a student's permit be revoked if the student is unable to maintain adequate progress towards graduation (passing 70% of all courses as determined by first semester and second semester grades....not quarter grades) or if a student drops out of school.
Step 1: Email Driver's Education Completion Certificate and Proof of DMV appointment
Send an email request to Tiffany Jarvis (email@example.com). In this email, please forward to her the NCDMV email confirming the date/time of your appointment. Also scan or take a photo of your child's driver's education completion certificate issued by the driving school/instructor and email it. Once these two items are received, we will be able to schedule you an appointment to come to Sanderson to pick up the driver's eligibility certificate. Please know we only do appointments on Tuesdays.
Step 2: Appointment to pick up the DEC
The student's parent/guardian must come to SHS to complete and sign the Driving Eligibility Certificate. The student does not need to come.
Bring the following documents to the appointment:
- Completed Driving Education Certificate (if it has not been emailed ahead of time)
- Proof of address if the current address is different than the one listed on the Driving Education Certificate or the address listed in PowerSchool. Address must be verified for the NC Real ID.
*If your student is enrolled in Home School or in a private school, you can follow this link for more information: https://ncadmin.nc.gov/about-doa/divisions/division-non-public-education
The goal of the Wake County Public School System and its driver education contractor, Jordan Driving School (JDS), is to provide a quality driver education program to all students in a safe and timely manner. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. The average time to complete the Driver Education class, from registration through the classroom and driving phases, is four months. Students wanting their permits by age 15 must register on or before the age of 14 years, eight months. Students with extracurricular activities or jobs may take longer due to conflicts with scheduling driver education.
There are no academic requirements in order to take the driver education class. There are academic requirements in order to apply for a permit or license after finishing the driver education class.
Students should complete and submit a registration form. Once students are assigned to a class, they will be notified to pay the $65.00 fee in order to finalize their registration. Students that are dismissed from driver education class due to behavior or attendance problems will not be allowed to take driver education a second time through the Wake County Public School System.
Parents are highly encouraged to attend a parent-teen meeting, held on the last day of the classroom session for driver education students. This meeting will inform parents and students of behind-the-wheel procedures and provide best practices for parents teaching teens to drive. Attending parents will receive a Parent-Teen Driver Training Manual and DVD designed to give parents proper driving techniques and lessons, to help themselves and their teen, during Phase 1 of graduated licensing.
You must be 14½ years of age for the required 30-hour classroom portion. Driver Education is offered through a private contractor, Jordan Driving School, after school hours, Saturdays, holiday breaks and during summer months. Driver Education is offered to each eligible student residing within Wake County, who pays a $65 fee to register for a class. A lead teacher at each of the WCPSS high schools is assigned to administer the Driver Education program.
For additional information, a message may be left for the lead teacher, who will return the call as soon as possible. You may also call Jordan Driving School, or visit their web site at www.jordandriving.com. On the website you will find general information, email addresses for the lead teachers, specific classroom dates and a list of additional classes that might be available. For Behind the Wheel questions or information specific to your school, contact your lead teacher.