Weddington High School Online Driver Education and Behind-The-Wheel Instruction Site

Important announcements and updates: 
All UCPS online Driver Ed courses and registration for online courses have been postponed until further notice. However, we anticipate restarting our online Driver Ed courses in October with the online registration being in September. Please understand this is subject to change due to the number of students needing Behind the Wheel instruction. The '2020-2021 Driver Ed Schedule' will be released in the near future.  
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The North Carolina Department of Education oversees the public school driver education program that is available to all enrolled, public and charter, private, and home school students. The program follows the guidelines established by the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent. All local education agencies were given permission to restart Behind the Wheel instruction on July 10, 2020. With this permission came many guidelines and requirements. UCPS has created a plan and will adhere to all safety protocols set forth. We are happy to announce that UCPS's Behind the Wheel instruction is restarting! 

Students having successfully completed UCPS's Driver Ed coursework, the final Driver Ed coursework exam, and eye screening are eligible for the driving portion/Behind the Wheel instruction. Students are prioritized by birthday (older students first) and will be scheduled/called in that order. Please understand that due to the pandemic and restrictions, hundreds of students are in the queue and need Behind the Wheel instruction. It will take some time to serve all applicable students.  We thank you for your patience.

Once you are contacted and scheduled for your Behind the Wheel (BTW) sessions: 
~Parents/Guardians of participating students must sign the Communicable Disease Waiver--students once, prior to their first BTW session. This will be available on each school’s Driver Education website and should be printed and signed prior to coming to the first BTW session. 
~Parents/Guardians must screen their child prior to each BTW session and complete and submit the Parent/Guardian Attestation Form. This will be available on each school’s Driver Education website and should be printed and signed prior to coming to each BTW session. 
~Students are required to wear a cloth face covering at all times during BTW. Students are to supply their own face covering. If there is a medical condition that requires that a student NOT wear a cloth face covering, medical documentation is required before the BTW session. 
~Students will be screened by the driver education instructor prior to each BTW session. Parents and students should remain in their car until the student has turned in all paperwork for the day and completed the screening process. If any qualifying symptom is evident or a “Yes” is answered during the screening process, then BTW instruction cannot and will not continue until set criteria has been met.
~Extensive cleaning and sanitizing will take place between each driver, and instructors will adhere to the pre-screening protocols as well. All instructors are required to wear a face covering at all times when with students. 
~Students must provide their own water. No personal items are allowed to be shared between students. 
~Students should use the restroom before leaving home and arriving their BTW session, as restrooms may not be readily available. 
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UCPS will again offer the final exam for the Driver Education coursework for those that were not able to take it on one of the three previously offered dates. Testing will be online and only offered to students who have successfully completed all modules from the February, March, or April, 2020 UCPS Driver Education Courses. In addition, students must have completed the Driver Ed Course Completion form (aka “Exit Ticket”) at the end of Module 8. Completing this form/Exit Ticket allows an invitation to the final, online Driver Education exam to be sent to the email you entered for the Exit Ticket/Module 8 (closer to the exam date).  The exam is in a different Canvas Course than the Driver Ed coursework.  You must accept the invitation to the new Canvas course in order to take the exam.

With the invitation, the exam will open on Wednesday, July29, 2020 at 9:00AM and close on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 5:00PM. However, once you begin the exam, you will only have 2 hours (120 minutes) to complete the exam. Do not start the exam until you are ready to complete the entire exam within those 2 hours, yet the exam must be completed by 5:00 PM the day of. 

Reminder: a minimum score of 80% is considered passing. If you did not pass the previously offered exams on the first attempt or did not pass the re-take exam that was previously offered with a minimum score of 80%, a re-take exam option will be offered on Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9:00AM-5:00PM. Please plan accordingly. 

Any questions about access to the online exam should be emailed to driver.ed@ucps.k12.nc.us.

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UCPS Driver Ed DMV Eye Screenings are being offered to those students that participated in and successfully passed UCPS’s recently offered, online final Driver Ed exam for the February, March, or April, 2020 Driver Ed courses: 2 MORE DATES HAVE BEEN ADDED IN THE SIGNUP GENIUS--link below.

Please note the location of the free, DMV eye screenings: PDC, 721 Brewer Drive Monroe, NC 28112. Eye screenings are not being offered in school buildings. 
Health, order, and efficiency are of the utmost importance. You may only sign up for one (1) slot for a free, DMV eye screening if you participated in and successfully passed UCPS's recently offered, online final Driver Ed exam for the February, March, or April, 2020 Driver Ed courses and have the appropriate, completed paperwork. In addition, if you are ill, have a fever, and/or have been exposed to COVID-19 you may not sign up for a slot and/or attend (if applicable on the day of your appointment). When attending your scheduled slot, you must wear an appropriate mask and practice social distancing. 

Unfortunately, you will be turned away if you do not have an appointment/slot, the appropriate completed paperwork, have been exposed to or have COVID-19, and/or if you are not wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. 

What to bring to your eye screening appointment: 
~ Good attitude 
~ If, applicable corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses) 
NC Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP)/800 fillable (can type-in) form (must be signed by a parent/guardian in blue or black ink only). Due to the recently revised NCDMV/DOT 800 form and guidelines, the RIP/800 form may not be altered in any manner. Per the NC Attorney General’s office, any alteration of a State document constitutes fraud and will not be tolerated. Altering includes double-sided printing, writing/typing or adding any information, anywhere (back or front) on the RIP/800 form where applicable, specific information is not requested. DMV representatives will not and cannot complete the eye screening or their portion of the RIP/800 form if it has been altered in any way. 
30-hour DE Course-Communication Parent Letter completed with blue or black ink only and signed by a parent/guardian. 
~ Copy of student's Birth Certificate (we will not keep these). 

Please review the available dates and time slots in Sign-up Genius at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4AA9AF2C7-ucps
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Need a Driving Eligibility Certificate? 
Driving Eligibility Certificates: You will need to visit the school in which your child is currently enrolled to secure the Driving Eligibility Certificate. Each site will set its by-appointment-only-schedule. Please contact that school to schedule an appointment. Once scheduled, bring the following documents to the appointment: 
  • Student’s birth certificate or passport 
  • Completed Driver Education Certificate 
  • Proof of address if the current address is different than the one listed on the Driver Education Certificate or the address listed in PowerSchool. Address must be verified for the NC Real ID. 
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UCPS's Driver Education Program: 

Union County Public Schools (UCPS) offers a Driver Education Program. Each UCPS Driver Education course involves 30 hours of online classroom work via modules in the Canvas platform and a minimum of 12 hours of Behind the Wheel instruction in a UCPS Driver Education vehicle (6 hours driving and 6 hours observing). Students must have access to the Internet to take the online course. There are 8 modules that open every-other-day, except for weekends or holidays during the scheduled course. Modules are to be completed outside of the regular school day. The Driver Education online course is usually 3 weeks in length and will take 30 hours to complete. Behind the Wheel instruction usually occurs 2-3 months after the passing of the face-to-face final exam and eye-screening. The order is determined by date of birth. Older students will be contacted first. Parents and students will be contacted by a UCPS Driver Ed Instructor via phone call, email, and/or text. They WILL NOT be contacted by social media.

Enrollment in the UCPS Driver Education program is open to any student who attends a public, private, charter, or home school registered in Union County and meets the eligibility requirements.

In order to be eligible to enroll in UCPS’s Driver Education Program, an individual must meet the following requirements:


~Attend a high school (public, private, charter, or home school) registered in Union County. Middle School students who are attending a public, private, charter, or home school registered in Union County ARE eligible to take Driver Education as long as they are 14 ½ years old on the first day of class and meet the other requirements. Residency in Union County does not determine Driver Education enrollment eligibility; the county in which the registered school (that the student attends) is in is the determining factor.

~Be 14 ½ on the first day of class. A student 18 or older who attends school in Union County is eligible for the classroom portion but must secure a Learner’s Permit from DMV before they are eligible to complete the Behind the Wheel/driving portion of the course.

~Have not previously enrolled in the UCPS (or in any NC school district) Driver Education program.


If a student lives in Union County, but attends school (public, private, charter, and home school) outside the county, the student is NOT eligible to receive Driver Education instructional (classroom and/or behind-the-wheel) training in Union County Public Schools.  


UCPS’s Driver Education Course Registration is completed online and is a two-step process. There is a $65 registration fee that is due when registering for the UCPS Driver Education class. Please read all online registration directions completely. There are registration date parameters and capacity restrictions. Enrollment in the online course may be limited due to the number of students waiting to for the Behind the Wheel portion of Driver Ed. Students that attend a Union County Public School may only register for the Driver Education course for the school they are enrolled and attend (Ex. A student enrolled at SVHS may only register and take Driver Ed through SVHS). Students who attend a private, charter, or home school registered in Union County may only register for "Home School", “Other” (for charter or private), or “Union Academy,” if applicable. If any school/site has reached registration-capacity, another school/site cannot be chosen.


Families/students may contact a private company at their own expense.


The "Handbook" tab at the top of this page is a great resource for general information about the UCPS Driver Education Program.
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers, click here.
If you have questions about the eye screenings, final exams, or the Behind the Wheel/driving schedule, please contact the Lead Driver Ed Instructor at your assigned DE site: Lead Instructor's Contact Information.

Online Registration Information:

If it is during the registration date parameters, click here to begin the registration process. It is recommended to register using a lap or desktop computer; not a 'smart device'.  Any registration questions should be emailed to Mrs. Lisa Thompson at driver.ed@ucps.k12.nc.us.

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UCPS’s Driver Education Course registration is completed online and is a two-step process*. There is a $65 registration fee that is due when registering for UCPS Driver Education class. Please read all online registration directions completely. There are registration date parameters and capacity restrictions. Enrollment in the online course may be limited due to the number of students waiting to for the Behind the Wheel portion of Driver Ed. Enrollment is open to any student who attends a public, private, charter, or home school registered in Union County and meets the eligibility requirements.

~Students who attend a Union County Public School may only register for the Driver Education course for the school they are enrolled and attend (Ex. A student enrolled at SVHS may only register and take Driver Ed through SVHS). All students who attend a private, charter, or home school registered in Union County will be served at Union Academy. They are to choose "Home School", “Other” (for private or charter), or "Union Academy", if applicable when registering.

~If any school/site has reached registration-capacity, another school/site cannot be chosen. If your school is no longer listed in registration or payment platforms, capacity has been reached.

~*Registration is a two-step process: you will begin in the registration form, and in section 3 of the registration form you will be prompted to pay for the course via a link. You will go to this link to pay. Once payment is received, you will receive a confirmation email with an order number that must be entered in section 3 of the registration form. Finish completing the remainder of the registration form AND click "Submit" at the end of this registration form. You should receive two emails: one confirming payment and one confirming registration.  If you do not receive an email confirming registration in the DE course, you are not registered AND should immediately email driver.ed@ucps.k12.nc.us.  

Online Driver Ed Canvas Course Information:
Actual online Canvas course questions should be directed to the instructor, Mr. Brian Pitoniak, (brian.pitoniak@ucps.k12.nc.usinside of the DE Canvas course, using the 'Inbox' on the left.  Be sure to read all 'Announcements' as it will contain important information.










Information For Applying For A Learner's Permit At DMV
Following the successful completion of UCPS's Driver Education Program and if you are 15 years old, you may go to DMV to apply for a Learner Permit. DMV requires the following documents:
  1. Driver Education Certificate (provided by the BTW teacher)
  2. Driving Eligibility Certificate (a parent signs for this from the WHS Main Office)
  3. Student's Original or Certified Birth Certificate - NO photocopy or Mother's Copy is accepted
  4. Student's Original Social Security Card
  5. Two forms of student's proof of residence (i.e. DE Certificate, current original Report Card, student's Bank Statement, student's current Passport). All addresses must be an exact match. Check with DMV for more information on the NC Real ID program to be in force in 2020
  6. $21.50 - the current fee for a Learner's Permit (subject to change)
You will take a 25-question knowledge test and a road sign test when applying for a Learner Permit.  You must score an 80 or better (20 of 25 correct).  There is no road test given for a Learner Permit; this comes when you apply for a License.

If you have specific questions for obtaining a Learner's Permit or License (such as already having one from another state or already having completed DE in another state), contact DMV for official instructions.






Final Face-to-Face DE Exam Information: 
At the end of the coursework, there is a face-to face, 100-question exam and eye check scheduled at each specific site.  The final exam is scheduled for 2 hours. It is “closed-book”--notes, handbooks, phones, and/or computers are not allowed in sight when taking the final exam. A score below 80 on the Final Exam will require a Retake. A student is allowed the Retake only three times. 

NC Restricted Instruction Permit (RIP)/800 fillable (can type-in) form (must be signed by a parent/guardian in blue or black ink only). Due to the recently revised NCDMV/DOT 800 form and guidelines, the RIP/800 form may not be altered in any manner. Per the NC Attorney General’s office, any alteration of a State document constitutes fraud and will not be tolerated. Altering includes double-sided printing, writing/typing or adding any information, anywhere (back or front) on the RIP/800 form where applicable, specific information is not requested. DMV representatives will not and cannot complete the eye screening or their portion of the RIP/800 form if it has been altered in any way.

30-hour DE Course-Communication Parent Letter completed with blue or black ink only and signed by a parent/guardian.

Both the 800 Form and 30-Hour Letter/Contact Sheet can be printed from the above links, but they are also available from the literature rack in WHS's Main Office.





 Behind the Wheel Instruction Information:
After successfully completing the online course, passing the final exam and eye check, students will be scheduled for Behind the Wheel instruction. Behind the Wheel instruction usually occurs 2-3 months after the passing of the final exam and eye-screening/satisfying all requirements.   Scheduling example: If a student passes the Final Exam in September but does not pass the Eye Exam until October, he/she will be included with the October class for BTW instruction. The order is determined by date of birth.  Older students will be contacted first. Parents and students will be contacted by a UCPS Driver Ed Instructor via phone call, email, and/or text. They WILL NOT be contacted via social media. Families/students must arrange on-time transportation to and from their BTW sessions.
Your patience is appreciated! If after three months following the passing the Final Exam and Eye Check you have not heard from a BTW teacher, you may contact Mr. Helms for an update on the number of students waiting to drive at mikea.helms@ucps.k12.nc.us

A student 18 years old or older who attends school in Union County and has completed the classroom portion of Driver Education must secure a Level 1 Learner Permit from DMV before they are eligible for BTW instruction through UCPS. For these students, this instruction is optional and must be completed while enrolled in school in UCPS.

BTW instruction MUST be received through the student's school of attendance. Students attending a private school/home school/charter school registered in Union County MUST receive BTW instruction through Union Academy. NO EXCEPTIONS! 

If you have questions about the eye screenings, final exams, and/or the Behind the Wheel/driving schedule, please contact the Lead Driver Ed Instructor at your assigned DE site: Lead Instructor's Contact Information.