Driver's Education

Maura Marcon, Director
238-7201 x2318
MaMarcon@ccsd.ws

Fall 2019 Program

The following is information regarding the Chappaqua Central School District Fall Driver Education Program scheduled to begin Monday, September 23, 2019. The program is run in collaboration with PAS Auto School. Additional Driver Ed programs are offered in February and June of 2020.  

Driver Education provides valuable information, enables the family to receive insurance discounts with select participating companies and allows the student to accelerate the licensing process, provides the coursework and certificate required to schedule a road test, MV-278. Once the course is successfully completed, students will receive a Certificate of Completion, MV-285, which allows them to apply for a Senior License at 17 years of age. For additional information about the pre-license/license process click here.
 
Program Requirements

  • 48 hours of total instruction completed by the end of the fall program
  • 24 hours of in-car (6 hours of driving and 18 hours of observation)
  • 24 hours in the classroom 
  • Students attend 1 driving session and 1 classroom session per week over the 16- week program 
  • Driving and lecture sessions are 90 minutes 
  • A 3-hour commitment per week is required in order to attend the Driver Education program
  • Students MUST be 16 by Friday, September 20, 2019 with a valid Learner’s Permit by the first day of the program, Monday, September 23, 2019
  • Students may register in advance of obtaining a permit but MUST be 16 by Friday, September 20, 2019 and have a valid Learner’s Permit by Monday, September 23, 2019

Scheduling

  • Scheduling is based on the order in which registration is received and student enrollment
  • Students will receive their schedule at the mandatory orientation, September 17, 2019 and NOT before
  • Lecture-90 minutes
    • Wednesday & Thursday: 3:00 pm & 4:30 pm 
    • Saturday: 9:00 am & 10:30 am 
  • Driving-90 minutes
    • Monday-Friday: 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm & 6:00pm
    • Saturday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am & 12:00 pm

Holidays, Vacation, Early Dismissal and Snow Closings

  • Class WILL meet on the following holiday/vacation dates:  Columbus Day, 10/14, Veterans Day, 11/11 & Saturday, December 21
  • Class WILL NOT meet on the following holiday/vacation dates: Rosh Hashanah, 9/30-10/1, Yom Kippur, 10/9, Thanksgiving Recess, 11/28-11/30, Holiday Recess, 12/23-1/5 & Martin Luther King Day, 1/20
  • On early dismissal days and Superintendent Conference Days, classes meet at regular times
  • Based on weather related school closings, Driver Ed is cancelled. (Driving school will arrange make-ups.) 
  • If snow starts in the afternoon, PAS Auto School will text students informing them class is cancelled (Driving School will arrange make-ups.) 
  • School closings are posted on the Horace Greeley website

Attendance
Please Note Our Attendance Policy Which is Strictly Enforced:

  • The New York State Education Department determines the length and attendance policy requirements
  • Excessive absences will cause students to forfeit their Certificate of Completion (MV-285) as well as the enrollment fee which is non-refundable 
  • A maximum of two absences (2 lecture classes and 2 in-car session) are allowed but MUST be made up by the end of the fall program in order to receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Lecture absences to be made up must be scheduled with the lecture teacher and completed within 2 weeks of the absence
  • All driving absences must be scheduled for makeup with PAS Auto School by the end of the program in order to receive credit for the course

Registration
This year, we are offering online registration through Community Pass. New users are required to create an account to register online.  The cost of the program is $550 for Chappaqua residents and $595 for non- residents.  Refunds will not be issued after October 4. Refunds issued on or prior to this date are subject to a $20.00 cancellation fee. 

Mandatory Orientation
Students will receive their schedule as well as program information from a representative of Pas Auto School at the mandatory organizational meeting scheduled on Tuesday, September 17 at 3:00pm in the HGHS Cafeteria.

Course Completion Certificate
A Certificate of Completion-MV-285 is required to obtain senior license when 17 and for insurance benefits for select participating insurance companies. Note:  Please hold on to the certificate when it is mailed to you.  Do not throw this form away and do not leave it with the DMV official who conducts the driving test if you are only 16.  It takes several weeks to obtain a replacement document, not to mention that a delay in obtaining a license causes great disappointment.  We experience this situation regularly and urge you to watch for the form and guard it carefully.  

For further information about the program including questions about scheduling, requirements, cancellations and duplication of forms call (914) 238-7201 ex 2318.

Sincerely,

Maura Marcon
Director, Chappaqua Continuing Education

NYS Driver's Manual

Click HERE do download the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Driver's Manual. (PDF)

Driver Education Programs

Click HERE for an alphabetical list (by county) of Driver Education programs approved by New York State.

 

General Information

Fall, Spring & Summer Programs

At 16, a student can obtain a Learner’s Permit to drive with an adult, and then six months after obtaining the learner’s permit, driving a minimum of 50 supervised hours and taking a pre-license course or completing the first half of Driver Education, a student can take a road test in order to obtain a Junior License.  The Junior License allows the student to drive alone until 9:00pm.  When the student turns 18, a Senior License is obtained which allows the student to drive after 9:00pm.

In addition to providing the coursework and certificate required to schedule a road test, Driver Education provides valuable driving information, enables the family to receive insurance discounts and allows the student to accelerate the licensing process.  Once the course is completed, the student can apply for a Senior License at 17.  Specifically, the Driver Education Course consists of:

  • 24 hours of classroom instruction broken into 16 ninety-minute sessions; and
  • 24 hours of in-car instruction (6 driving and 18 observing) broken into 16 ninety-minute sessions.
  • The summer program meet five days per week for 6 weeks and typically starts the last week of June with a vacation day for July 4 (perfect attendance is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion). Classes rotate between 90 minutes of classroom one day and 90 minutes of driving the next day. 
  • Driver Ed registration forms will be emailed to students and their parents via Infinite Campus late August for the fall program, early December for the spring program and late May for the summer program to all incoming seniors, juniors and eligible sophomores. Students must by 16 with a permit the Friday before the start of the program.

Student Absences for Fall and Spring Programs
The length of the course and attendance policy is determined by the New York State Education Department. Excessive absences will cause students to forfeit their certificate and fee. 

  • A maximum of two absences (2 lecture classes and 2 in-car session) are allowed and must be made up
  • All lecture absences to be made up must be scheduled with the lecture teacher and completed within 2 weeks of an absence
  • All driving absences must be scheduled for makeup with PAS Auto School by the end of the program in order to receive credit for the course

 
Early Dismissal, Vacation and Snow Closings

  • If school is canceled due to inclement weather, Driver Ed is canceled. (Driving school will arrange make-ups.) 
  • If snow starts in the afternoon, PAS Auto School will text students to let them know class is cancelled. (Driving School will arrange make-ups.) 
  • School closings are posted on the Horace Greeley website.
  • If school is closed for vacation, Driver Ed is canceled unless special arrangements are made with the instructor. 
  • On early dismissal days, classes meet at regular times.

Course Completion Certificates 

  • Prelicense Certification MV-278
    Students will receive their prelicensing certificate after the first half of classroom instruction and the midterm. Certificate is required to schedule road test.

     
  • Course Completion Certificate MV-285 
    Mailed home after class is completed if student has fulfilled all requirements.  All make-ups (in-class and in-car) are to be completed during the current program. Students may not cross into the next semester in order to finish lecture and/or in-car time.
     
  • Original certificate required to obtain senior license when 17 and for insurance benefits. Note: Please hold on to the certificate when it is mailed to you. If you lose the document, to issue a new one requires documentation for the state and can slow down obtaining a license.
    Questions about certificates, including duplicate issues, should be directed to 238-7201 ex 2318.