DRIVER EDUCATION

Please obtain your Learner Permit prior to registering for a class!

NEW INFORMATION

Beginning September, 2021, due to recent changes by the state, students will now need to have 6 hours of practice time before taking the driving skills test.  Students will drive out on the road 3 times, then schedule a 4th appointment to take the driving skills test with an instructor at Maple Mountain High School.


All dates and times are tentative--please be understanding. There is no "perfect" schedule that works for everyone. There are always unforeseen circumstances, such as weather-related factors and other conflicts, that make it difficult to plan very far in advance and, in some cases, necessitate changing a few dates. The state and school district have also set guidelines that must be followed. Students must be enrolled at MMHS, Landmark, or UCAS and live within the MMHS boundaries to take Driver Education at MMHS. 

Try to pick a month that is conflict-free from the driver education dates and times. It is very difficult to participate in a sport, band, or early-morning seminary and take driver education at the same time. This class must become a priority for you. If you are involved in dance, sports, church activities, family activities, etc., you will need to work around driver education so that you can complete all of the requirements for this class. If those other commitments are going to conflict, you may need to reschedule for another class. We can only drive on the range after school, and that will conflict with your other practices.


You must have a valid learner permit when signing up.  If you try to sign up without a valid permit, your name will not be added to the class list.

Students who have completed a state-approved online class and only need to complete range and road driving will be assessed a fee of $81.00.  You must complete the online class (100% complete) before you can drive.  There are no exceptions.  Please don’t sign up for range and road driving if you do not have the online class completed.  It is your responsibility to make sure the online class you took is a state-approved class. The online class must be completed before you can begin range/road driving.  When finished with the online class, sign up at the MMHS finance office and let Mr. Hyer know that you are finished.  You will then be placed on a waiting list to complete your driving.  Priority will be given to those students enrolled in a driver education class.  You may have to wait up to 1-2 months to complete your driving.


REGISTERING FOR A MMHS DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

STEP 1

Pay $100 Fee online or at Finance Office

Note: 9th graders must email jill.christianson@nebo.edu to enable online payments. Please include Student Id number and home address.

STEP 2

Sign up for a Driver's Education Class

We are now taking signups for the following classes

***Summer class dates will be posted by February 15thSign-ups for summer dates will begin on Monday, April 8th at 8:00 AM.  When you sign up, you must make sure that all of the classroom and range dates and times are conflict free from all other summer activities.  You must have a valid learner permit when signing up.  If you try to sign up without  a valid permit, you will be removed from the sign up list. ***

Please click on the calendar next to the session in which you choose to enroll.

May 28th - June 7th Morning, 7am - 10am


Parent meeting will be May 28th at 7:00 AM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


 May 28th - June 7th Afternoon, 11am - 2pm


Parent meeting will be May 28th at 7:00 AM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


July 8th - July 18th        Morning, 7am - 10am


Parent meeting will be July 8th at 7:00 AM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


 July 8th - July 18th Afternoon, 11am - 2pm


Parent meeting will be July 8th at 7:00 AM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


Aug. 22nd - Sept. 18th        6am - 7:30am


Parent meeting will be August 22nd at 7:00 PM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


 Sept. 26th - Oct. 18th
6am - 7:30am


Parent meeting will be August 22nd at 7:00 PM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


Oct. 24th - Nov. 18th        6am - 7:30am


Parent meeting will be October 18th at 7:00 PM, in the MMHS auditorium. 


Classes usually fill 4-6 weeks in advance, especially the summer classes, so sign up early. Classroom dates and driving times are subject to minor changes--it is difficult to plan very far in advance.

HOW DO I GET MY LICENSE?

Spending practice time on the road with your student will have a DEFINITE impact
on their success in Driver Education!!!

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

We have many requests for students to miss hours during Driver Education classes. It is imperative that students do not miss class or scheduled driving times. If students miss, they cannot pass. The will not meet the state requirements.

The Driver Education course is very demanding. There will be many assignments and quizzes every day. You will spend several hours each day working on assignments and or driving; however, success is possible for those who seriously give an honest and dedicated effort.

SCHEDULE YOUR CLASS ACCORDINGLY

By STATE REQUIREMENT, each student will be required to attend class for all 27 hours. Any hours missed will have to be made up before the student can pass the class. A student may make up 2 absences or 3 hours (summer classes only allow 1 absence or 3 hours). On the third absence (second absence in the summer), the student will have to repeat the course and repay the $100 fee. Two tardies count as one absence, and each tardy will require 45 minutes of classroom makeup. Please have your student to class on time each day. A road driving test cannot be given until a student has passed class and has completed all 27 hours of instruction. 

We will start on time each day. If a student is tardy or absent, they will receive a zero for that day's quiz. For students who were absent, any assignments that are due must be handed in by the next class period. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed and get it turned in on time. All assignments are due at the beginning of class. After that, they are considered late. Late work will be assessed a 50% penalty and will only be accepted for one day after the due date. All assignments must be turned in by the last day of each class.


During the school year, classes will be held from 6:00 – 7:30 AM.  During the summer, there will be two different classes that run concurrently.  One from 7:00 -10:00 AM and the 2nd class from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

 

Sleeping in class will not be tolerated. Those sleeping will be assessed a tardy.

Once a student begins a class, no refunds will be issued.

DRIVING RANGE

Four days are required for range driving.  Range hours are from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.  Range driving will be held during the same calendar days as the classroom.  Range hours are not flexible and students cannot miss range driving dates and times.  Students will sign up for range driving groups about one week prior to class starting.

You must meet at your appointed time. Driving range hours are not flexible. There are no make-up days for range. If you miss range driving, you will have to make it up with the next available range group, which could be weeks or months later in the year. Range driving will take 12 hours. Individual driving days will follow the completion of the range driving. Students will go out on the road 3 times.

Each student will take their state road test with the assigned driving instructor. The driving test will be given after the 6 hours of training is complete. They must have a score of 20 or lower. If the driver does not obey traffic laws or causes an accident, they will automatically fail the road test. If the student fails the driving test, they will have the option of retaking the driving skills test again at MMHS. A student can take the driving skills test two times. After two failed attempts, they will be referred to the Driver License Division.

ASSIGNMENTS

Reading: Each student will be given a Utah Driver Handbook. Reading and studying this handbook will enable the student to learn the concepts, rules, and laws more effectively.

Worksheets and Quizzes: Each student will complete a worksheet on each chapter from the handbook. There will be quizzes given nearly every day which will cover the previous day's material. There will be a comprehensive test at the end of the course which covers the Utah Driver Handbook.

Outside Classroom Assignments: Each of these assignments must be completed and handed in on time. Missing any one of these assignments will constitute an automatic "Fail" for the class.

Outside Classroom Assignments:

Each of these assignments must be completed and handed in on time. Missing any one of these assignments will constitute an automatic "Fail" for the class.

GRADING

The driver education program is a pass/fail program. A student must attain 80% of the total points possible in the class. The student must also show competence on the driving range and driving on public roads. Six hours of observation in a driver education car is also required.

State Testing: Each student will take their state road test with a driving instructor. The student must not miss more than 20 on this driving exam or the student will fail.

Options for Failing: Students not meeting the minimum requirements will have one more chance at MMHS to pass driver education. This requires starting over from the beginning, including the $100 fee. A student who does not pass a second time must take the class elsewhere, such as a professional driving school.

Each student will take their state road test with their driving instructor. The driving test will be given after the 6 hours of training is complete. They must have a score of 20 or lower. If the driver does not obey traffic laws or causes an accident, they will automatically fail the road test. If the student fails the driving test, they will have the option of retaking the driving skills test again at MMHS. A student can take the driving skills test two times. After two failed attempts, they will be referred to the Driver License Division.

RANGE & ROAD DRIVING

Driving Range: You must meet at your appointed time. Driving range hours are not flexible. There are no make-up days for range. If you miss range driving, you will have to make it up with the next available range group, which could be weeks or months later in the year. Range driving will take 12 hours. 

We make every effort through training, instruction, and supervision to keep your student safe. Occasionally, accidents happen out on the range. If the accident is a result of horseplay, using a cell phone, ignoring instructions or safety procedures, etc., the student (driver and/or passenger) and/or their parents/legal guardian will be financially responsible for any and all damages.

Road Driving Schedule: After the driving range is complete, you will sign up for the individual driving times with an instructor. Once you have committed yourself to a driving schedule, you will be required to meet at your appointed time. If you miss, let your instructor know at least 24 hours in advance so that he can arrange an alternate schedule. Instructors may not drive students alone. You will be paired with one or more driving partners. If you miss your scheduled time without notifying the instructor, you will also need to pay $30 for each hour of time that you wasted for the instructor and your driving partner. 

It normally takes 3-4 weeks to complete all of the range and road requirements.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND TRENDS EXAM

Attention Parents & Students: Utah State Legislature has added a 40 question written exam each person applying for a Utah state drivers license must pass with 100% accuracy before they can receive a license. Each person can take the test as many times as needed in order to pass. You can go back and review any question missed. This new law went into effect 01/01/2016. The link to the website needed for this state exam is listed below.

OTHER DRIVING RESTRICTIONS

A person may not operate a motor vehicle upon any public roadway with any passenger who is not an immediate family member of the driver until:

Exceptions:

All individuals under the age of 18 applying for a driver license for the first time must complete 40 hours of driving a motor vehicle, of which at least 10 hours must be during night hours. The six hours of driving in a driver education course may be counted as part of this requirement. A parent or guardian must certify to the completion of this requirement and assume financial liability for their child when a license is applied for.

If you have further questions, please contact Eric Hyer by email at eric.hyer@nebo.edu.