GREAT FALLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

GREAT FALLS, MONTANA

DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM

SUMMER SESSION (MAY – JULY) 2012

 

 

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The following is information regarding our upcoming driver education classes for students who have not already taken driver education and wish to do so, and qualify for the age requirements (see below*):

 

*Please note: a student must have been born on or before November 14th, 1997 for the May 14th, 2012 class and born on or before January 6th, 1998 for the July 6th, 2012 class to be eligible.  The date of birth will be verified by the school.

 

The first class will begin on Monday, May 14th, 2012 (3:30-5:00 P.M, until school is out and then on Monday, June 11th, 2012   class start time will move to 8:30 A.M.(end time will be up to the individual teacher) Monday through Friday)and will generally conclude the week of June 30th, 2012.   The second class will start on Friday, July 6th, 2012 (8:00A.M.(end time will be up to the individual teacher), Monday through Friday)and will generally conclude the week of August 14th, 2012.   Supervisors will explain the times at parent night.   In addition to the classroom portion of our Driver Education Program, each student will be scheduled for twelve (12) ninety (90) minute driving sessions between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM, Monday through Saturday.

REGISTRATION and a MANDATORY INFORMATIVE meeting for the driver education class session (listed above) will be held ONE TIME ONLY on Thursday,  May 3rd, 2012  6:30 P.M in the Auditorium for GFHS students and Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. in the Auditorium  for CMR students.     Sign-up for both the May/July classes will be at this time.   A parent or guardian MUST attend if they wish to register their student.   The fee is $150.00, payable to Great Falls Public Schools (GFPS) at time of registration.  Enrollment is limited and preference will be given according to grade level starting with seniors and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis regulated by numbers issued to you as you enter.  The registration form must be completed and handed in with your $150.00 fee at the registration meeting.  MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS “WILL NOT BE ALLOWED” TO REGISTER UNTIL THE SUMMER SESSIONS.

 

This advance information about our Summer Driver Education Program is being provided for your information to help you plan your student’s activities.  Activities such as all sports camps, music, or other activities should be taken into consideration before registering for Driver Education.  You will need to check with the coaches or instructors of these activities, as to whether there will be conflicts with the driver education schedule. 

 

Students are now under the Graduated Driver License Program (GDL) in Montana.  They should obtain a TELL permit in class by passing the written test, if they meet the requirements, or from the DMV.   If they do not obtain a TELL permit by the end of Driver Education class the 6 month GDL first phase of the license clock starts over.  Not having a Tell permit does not mean you automatically fail Driver Education.

 

The requirements for the Driver Education Course, as approved by the State of Montana, must include a minimum of sixty (60) hours of learning experience.  Our course is structured as follows:

 

42 hours of classroom (approx. 6-7 consecutive weeks, 28 days)

6 hours of driving (scheduled by the teacher or student sign-up)

12 hours of observation (scheduled in conjunction with the driving)

60 hours of instruction

 

Our program provides only the minimum required hours.  Therefore, it is vital that students meet all classroom, driving and observation requirements.  Make up work must be completed for ALL classroom, driving and observation absences.  Please notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance if a scheduled driving time cannot be met.  In keeping with the high school attendance rules, a maximum of 4.5 hours of classroom absences are allowed to be made up.  A maximum of two (2) scheduled driving absences are allowed to be made up.  The student will be dropped if more absences occur.  Also be aware if, at the end of the training sessions, a student is missing driving times and/or observation times and the instructor is out of time slots, the program will not be extended and the student will fail the course.  THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE ATTENDANCE AND COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  A STUDENT MUST HAVE TWENTY-FIVE (25) DIFFERENT DAYS OF ACTUAL CONTACT WITH THEIR INSTRUCTOR TO MEET STATE REQUIREMENTS.  ABSENCES DO NOT COUNT IN THE TWENTY-FIVE (25) TOTAL, EVEN WITH MAKE UP WORK COMPLETE.

 

As a reminder to all potential Driver Education students, please be aware that in order for a student to legally drive on a public roadway without a trained and certified instructor, the student must have a Traffic Education Learners License (TELL) in their possession and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian occupying the front passenger seat at all times.

 

If the student receives any moving violations or vehicle related citations from any law enforcement agency while enrolled in the GFPS driver’s education program, he/she will be immediately suspended from drivers training. The student and parent may petition the school district for reinstatement in driver’s education during the next regularly scheduled session.

 

 A written State of Montana Test for the TELL permit will be given by the classroom instructor soon after the first week of class.  If a student does not pass the test (82% or better), the test can be retaken at the Department of Motor Vehicles when records of class participation is submitted as indicated by the instructor.  The State Driver’s License fee includes the opportunity to retake the test.  Our Driver Education Program also includes the State of Montana Behind the Wheel Driving Test during the final weeks of our program (usually if the written test was passed).  NOTE:  On the State portion of the driving test the student may make up to seven (7) simple mistakes and pass.  If the student does not pass this driving test, the test must be retaken at the Department of Motor Vehicles, but not before all of the requirements for the first phase of the GDL are complete (6 months and 50 hours of supervised practice).

 

Please note:         Ten (10%) percent of the students who are recommended for a driver’s license are randomly retested by the State of Montana.

 

A list of students who have satisfactorily completed the Driver Education Class will be submitted to the Driver Examination Office approximately ONE (1) WEEK after ALL STUDENTS have completed the class.  Students should have a Tell permit by then or the 6 month time clock for the first phase of the GDL will have to start over when they obtain the permit. 

No one may proceed with the licensing procedure until 6 months and 50 hours are completed for the GDL by the student and parent.  THEREFORE, NO ONE SHOULD GO TO THE LICENSING STATION BEFORE 6 MONTHS PAST THE STARTING DATE OF YOUR DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS AT THE EARLIEST UNLESS THEY DO NOT HAVE A TELL PERMIT OR HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE APPLICATION IN CLASS!

 

You will be given the registration form at sign up.

 

 

The School District and our Driving Instructors would like to take this opportunity to commend you for enrolling your student in our Driver Education Program.