Student and Parent Handbook
It is likely you have a strong interest in the many benefits a driver's license offers. Be aware this course is not designed to merely help you obtain a license. Rather it is our goal to help you to acquire a set of low risk driving behaviors that will hopefully serve you for a lifetime of crash-free driving.
However, this course cannot guarantee that you will be a good driver. Your personality, emotions, responsibility, attitudes, and perceptions play a vital role in the type of driver you will become. Chemeketa's job is to provide you with the needed cognitive, physical, and social skills necessary for you to become a conscientious, productive, and cooperative low risk driver. Your job is to commitment to incorporating the skills provided. How seriously you integrate these skills will directly affect your level of success.
The increasing complexity on today’s roadways requires an increase in the driving skills of motorists, each of whom share in the responsibility to handle vehicles safely. Parents of teenagers enrolled in driver education (DE) want to assist their students in perfecting the mental, social, and physical driving skills they are learning. But that can be difficult if you, the parent or guardian, are not familiar with program policies, risk reduction concepts, appropriate in-car procedures, or the newest Oregon State driving laws. This pamphlet outlines some components of our DE Program. In it you will find:
- An overview of the course
- Answers to frequently asked questions about our program policies
- Information to help your child become a low risk driver in our high-risk world
- Chapter 1: Uniting Driver & Vehicle
- Chapter 2: Knowing Where You Are
- Chapter 3: You Are In Control
- Chapter 4: Find, Solve, Control
- Chapter 5: You Control The Intersection
- Chapter 6: Space Management
- Chapter 7: The Science of Driving
- Chapter 8: Creating Open Space
- Chapter 9: Create Control
- Chapter 10: Putting It All Together
While attendance is mandatory, it is recognized that illness or other necessary absences may arise. If excused absences result in fewer than thirty (30) hours of attendance during the course, the student will be required to make a class time at another location to meet the required (30) hour minimum. If the child does not make up the time it will result in a failing grade and will not receive a certificate.
Upon the first day of returning from an absence, it is the responsibility of the student to confer with the teacher to determine the work that needs to be made up.
Tardiness is arriving late to any of the classroom session. If you are more than 5 minutes late it will be rounded up to 30 minutes late. If for any reason your time adds up to missing more than 4 hours of classroom time you will have to make this time up.
*Please note that instructors can give extra assignments for tardiness and for being absent*
Students are required to use two textbooks: Oregon Driver Playbook, Partnership book, and the Oregon Driver Manual. All textbooks are yours to keep. The Oregon Driver Manual is distributed to students during the first class session. It is a summary of the laws and rules that apply to all persons who drive a vehicle in Oregon State. Throughout the course, students will be required to read specific sections to parallel other course work. Students are expected to read, comprehend and indicate gained knowledge from the manual on tests, discussions, and in their driving performances.
*Please note that other textbooks may be used in class at the teacher’s discretion*
Each student will receive a course syllabus on the first day of class. While recognizing individual differences, students are required to complete 100 percent of all course work. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments and assigned readings.
These tickets will be given to students to take home and bring back prior to the next class.. These exams are based on concepts and activities from the lesson presented the previous day and on homework assignments. Studies show that students learn best when they are given the opportunity to forget and then later recall information. For this reason it is vital that the student attend each classroom session and complete each homework assignment as scheduled on the course syllabus.
At the conclusion of each module a competency test is usually given to assess student achievement over specific concepts. These concepts are derived from the texts, class discussions and activities, the Oregon Driver Manual, videos, PowerPoint presentations and other handouts. This test is a combination of multiple choice and short answer essay questions, and 80% minimum competency is required to pass any one test. Students receiving less than 80% on any test will need to reread, restudy and retake that exam. All competency tests must be passed in order to complete this course. Quizzes may be used throughout the course to determine student achievement and to check if homework was read.
This phase of the course is designed to provide the student with actual driving
experience for those skills he/she learned in the classroom phase. Students must have
their instruction permit with them during each drive lesson and will be required to show
the permit to their instructor before they are allowed in the driver's seat. At no time will a
student be allowed to drive without having the instruction permit with them.
The amount of time spent in the instruction vehicle is determined by the needs of the student and his/her level of performance. However, our course requires they spend a minimum of 6 hours behind-the-wheel driving, and 6 hours in the back seat observing, for a total of 12 hours in the vehicle. In some instances more driving time may be required in order for the student to attain an acceptable level of driving performance. In-car lesson requires students to participate as a behind-the-wheel (BTW) driver and as an active observer/passenger. The 6th drive of our lesson now includes the NEW DMV drive assessment. This means that if an eligible student passes our program it will waive the DMV drive test. (All other DMV requirements still apply).
Driving lessons are designed for two students at a time and will be planned according to the minimum schedule of six two-hour lessons: 60-minutes actual drive time and 60- minutes observation time, for a total of 12 hours in the vehicle. If a student needs to retake a drive it will occur a $50.00 fee.
Students must complete the required classroom assignments prior to each driving lesson. The student will be expected to attend the scheduled lesson or notify their DE instructor 24+ hours in advance and reschedule a new drive time. If a student fails to show or give advance notice of a cancellation a fee is charged. (See above.)
Every effort will be made to complete the BTW portion during the current classroom enrollment session. However, due to large enrollment, car availability, and scheduling conflicts, some students may need to complete this phase after the next classroom session has begun.
** Please be aware that Oregon law prevents a DE student to complete the final drive before the 35th day following the first day of class. Also, the final drive must be completed within 180 days of the first class.**
One hundred percent of all classroom assignments, test, and all drives must be completed with a 80% or better prior to the last scheduled day of class (unless drive lessons are scheduled to be completed after the last scheduled day of class).
Appropriate sets of both attitudes and manners are necessary. (This is probably the most important requirement of the course.) Contained therein should be concern of selfdiscipline, good work habits, courtesy to others, respect for authority, and a positive outlook. Responsibility plays an important role in this course. Irresponsible people do not belong on our roadways. Each student will be advised orally and in writing at the beginning of class about these expectations. Whether a student meets the expectations will be strictly his/her decision. Additionally, each student driver must be prepared to accept the responsibilities and consequences for that choice.
Removal from the Driver Education Program
Students will be dropped for our DE program with a “Fail” grade for any of the following:
- Excessive tardiness
- Excessive absences
- Failure to complete assigned work
- Cheating (whether sharing answers or receiving answers)
- Being under the influence of alcohol or any other illegal drugs during any of the instructional phases
- Misuse of Driver Education Equipment
- Repeated and willful violation of traffic laws
Talk with you teen driver about his or her progress in both the classroom and the in-car phases throughout the course.
There are several ways to help your teen driver during and after the course:
- Set a good example when you drive
- Keep your student accountable for assigned course work and attendance. Ask for, review and sign off on every in-car lesson
- Provide a vehicle for practice sessions
- Plan each session based on the suggestions sent home by the teacher
- Reinforce the skills taught by the Driver Education teacher. If differences come up please contact the instructor for clarification
- Make sure the student is familiar with all controls and safety devices in each of the family vehicles
- Remain calm! A soft, steady voice is most helpful
- Do not assume your teenager knows what you want them to do, but rather explain beforehand what is expected
- Give all directions clearly, calmly and well in advance of the maneuver
- Be ready to assist with verbal steering guidance as well as guidance well in advance of potential trouble
- When riding in the passenger seat, remember you are technically the licensed responsible driver of the car! Make sure you are always scanning the driving scene and are ready to react to any driving situation
After your student has completed the course:
- Recognize that your teen has developed beginning level skills
- Provide a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving practice prior to securing an Oregon State Driver’s License
- Take your teen to obtain a license only when you feel the time is right
- Arrange for the teenager’s use of the family car (or his/her car) and then discuss the limitations of its use through the use of a contract agreement
- Set ground rules in order to provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate maturity and responsibility
- Require that your teen and all passengers use seat belts (It's the law!)
- Insist that your teen controls the speed of the vehicle (It's the law!)
- Require your teen to observe curfews (It's the law!)
- Know your teenager's friends and their driving habits
Frequently Asked Questions
Student and Parent Handbook
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For questions, please contact:
306 NE Norton Lane McMinnville, OR 97128