Payson High School
Driver Education and COVID-19
The driver ed programs in the district are currently operating similar to normal school classes. All students and instructors are required to wear masks. Social distancing is done when possible. Students who are quarantined while taking driver ed will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Depending on how much time they miss they may be placed in a future session at no extra cost or they may be permitted to miss more than the allotted 6 hours of class time. In addition to wearing masks in the range and road cars all students will participate in a short unobtrusive health screening before driving.
*Heath Screening: the simple health screening mentioned above consists of:
A temperature check using a touchless thermometer. Students with a fever (temperature of 100.4 F or above) will be rescheduled to drive
A series of the following Yes/No health questions: Do you have (1) a new, undiagnosed cough, (2) trouble breathing or shortness of breath, (3) a sore throat, (4) a sudden change in taste or smell, and (5) muscle aches or pains? Any answer in the affirmative to any of these questions will require the student to reschedule their driving.
Payson High Driver Education Program Overview
The Department of Public Safety Driver License Division in cooperation with the Nebo School District and Payson High School are proud to provide a comprehensive driver education course at Payson High School. We offer an inexpensive course taught before and after school for your convenience. While the Driver Education course we provide will teach your child about the rules, regulations, and techniques of driving the primary responsibility of teaching new drivers falls squarely on the shoulders of their parents or legal guardians. We are excited to join with you in teaching your child how to be a safe and responsible driver.
The Payson High Driver Education Course is $100 ($19 for the class; $81 for range/road driving) and includes a driver education class, 2 hours of classroom make-up time (if needed), 12 hours of range driving and observation time, 6 hours of road driving and observation time, and two Driving Exam attempts. The $100 fee is only refundable if the request for the refund is given to the finance office or the Driver Ed Coordinator (Justin Meyer) one week prior to the assigned driver ed session starting. Students who drop out of a class within a week of it starting forfeit their seniority (placement in already full classes) and will be given the opportunity to sign up for any open driver ed session.
The state of Utah mandates that students must attend 27 hours of driver education instruction. Nebo School District and Payson High School takes this requirement very seriously. Students who miss classroom time will be required to make-up that time at a later date, possibly delaying their obtaining a driver license. Because of this strict requirement, attendance issues and the consequences of tardiness are described below.
Students who miss class MUST make up the time at a later date
Students who miss more than 6 hours of class will be dropped from the course. If they wish to sign up for a future session they may be required to repay the $100 registration fee
2 hours worth of make-up time will be provided at the conclusion of the class (times and dates to be announced at the beginning of each course). Additional hours can be made up by attending future driver ed classes at no cost to the student
Class will start on time and attendance will be taken. Students who are late will be required to make up the amount of time they missed rounded up to the nearest 15 minutes
Students who are disengaged during class (primarily those who fall asleep or who are on their phones/Chromebooks when they are not supposed to be) will receive a verbal warning for the first offense, and then be required to make-up 15 minutes of class time for each additional offense
A online class, administered by Payson High School, is available upon request. There is a lot of reading and various writing activities involved and, while designed to take 30-hours to complete, may take more. Generally speaking, it is not recommended that a student take the online class. It is quite boring and requires a lot of self-discipline and motivation on behalf of the student as it is a self-paced course.
The driving range provides a wonderful opportunity for students to practice skills in a controlled environment. Many of these skills that students practice will be part of their final Driving Exam that must be passed prior to obtaining a license.
Due to the limited space on the driving range, students from each session will be split into three range groups. Every step will be taken to accommodate students in the range group that best fits their schedule. However, the groups need to be as equal in size as possible and some students may not be in their desired group. Preference will be given based on the order that students registered for the course.
Time spent on the driving range is extremely difficult to make-up. If a student does miss a range class, they can work something out with their driving instructor or they can be rescheduled for the next available session. This may involve an additional wait time as our slots in each session are usually filled to capacity.
Students who disobey rules or who otherwise put their passengers or other range drivers in danger will be dismissed from the course. They will not receive a refund and they will not be allowed to take Driver Education from Nebo School District.
After spending twelve hours of driving/observing on the range, students will make arrangements with their driving instructor to drive on the road. If a student misses an arranged drive time they will be required to reschedule with their driving instructor and pay $22 for each hour they need to make up (this includes drive time and observation time).
At the conclusion of the road driving, the student will take a Driving Exam administered by their driving instructor. This exam is the culmination of the Driver Education Course and must be passed in order to obtain your driver license. Students who do not pass the Driving Exam can schedule with their instructor to retake the exam once free of charge. If an additional attempt is necessary they will be required to re-take the exam at the Driver License Division office. You will need to call ahead to make an appointment.