Swampscott High School
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Our next class will be a one-week class over February vacation(18th-22nd). This class will be from 8:30am to 3:30pm in B129. It must include 2-15 minute breaks and 30 minutes for lunch.
The parent night for this class will be on Sunday, February 17th, from 10am to 12pm in B129 (if you cannot attend this parent meeting, you may attend the one we run on February 25th, see info below)
We will also run our 6-week long class starting on February 25th at 7am in B129.
This class will run from February 25th - April 9th, Monday-Friday, excluding days we have MCAS testing(March 26 & 27_
~Hours for this class are 7:00am to 8:00am ~
The parent night for this class will be February 25th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in B129(if you cannot attend this parent meeting, you're welcome to come to the one on February 17th, see info above)
Please make sure they are a MINIMUM of 15 and 9 months exactly. Use this link to see what their age will be at the beginning of course. - http://www-users.med.cornell.edu/~spon/picu/calc/agecalc.htm
**We will not be sending out a reminder about the start of the course once a student is enrolled in this class. Please mark it on your calendar**
***If your student is not the MINIMUM age of 15 and 9 months at the beginning of the course, they can start late, but must make-up the classes they had to miss due to not being eligible. This is only a reasonable option for students owing a few classes***
Additional Courses Info
We will not likely run another week-long class during April vacation so our instructors can enjoy time away if they choose. We're looking at running an evenings class(6:30pm-8:30pm) during the month of April/May, information to follow.
We will run week-long classes over the summer, the first will be once we're out of school, start/end date to be determined, as well as one in July, date also TBD.
Program Information: Total Cost $575 - $150 for the class, $425 for the driving & observations.
-- If a student fails to cancel a lesson without 24 hours notice, they will be charged $20.00. This fee must be paid before scheduling your next driving lesson. Your Schedule 2 Drive account will be deactivated until the payment/s are made.
Driver Education 1.00 credit (Classroom and Driving must be completed to earn credit)
This course is available to all students in the high school. Students must be 15 and 9 months in order to enroll. There are at least six classes held each year. Courses run during the year are held at either 7am-8am, weekends, some school vacation weeks and accelerated courses over the summer.
Minimum requirements are for ALL driving schools are:
1. 30 hours of classroom instruction - Students must make up all missed classes!
2. 12 hours on-the-road training
3. 6 hours of observation
A permit test must be passed before a student may participate in road training. There is a $150 fee for the classroom and $425 for the on-the-road-training. Parents are also required to attend a 2 hour information meeting,(Final Exam will not be given if parent night is not completed) as mandated by the RMV. This course is valid for 5 years, if you attended for another child at SHS, I have a record of it, so please let me know their name. If you attended a parent night elsewhere, I'll need the documentation from that driving school.
Payment plans are an option. All checks should be made to: Town of Swampscott
We ask that you pay the $150 for the class before the class ends. The final exam, given on the last day of the course, will not be given if a student has not paid for the class. For the first 3 lessons scheduled, a payment of $125 should be made, then a $100 payment made for each set of 3 lessons you're looking to schedule.
- There is an additional fee of $15.00 payable by check to the Mass DOT, this fee covers the processing fee for the driver education certificate.
News with the Massachusetts RMV
~ The RMV now has another, new local place for most of your RMV needs! - https://www.mass.gov/locations/danvers-rmv-service-center ~
***Road Tests are not currently being offered at the Danvers branch***
~ Every student with a permit should be creating a profile on myRmv - https://atlas-myrmv.massdot.state.ma.us/myrmv/_/#1.
The RMV is now requesting an email address when sending in the certificate request form. I'm using your Swampscott High School email address when filling out this form. All communications from the RMV about your certificate request being processed and license test information will be made through your myRmv profile. Please ensure you're checking it.
~ NEW Mass license and ID issuance number format changes effective November 13 ~
Starting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 the RMV is transitioning its new license/ID card issuance format from a nine-digit alphanumeric code consisting of one letter (“S”) and eight numbers to one consisting of two letters (“SA”) and seven numbers. This change is necessary because we are running out of new “S” combinations in which to issue new Massachusetts licenses and ID cards. This change only pertains to newly issued credentials. The RMV is keeping "S" numbers on all current licenses, IDs, and permits, and they will not change upon renewal.
Some information about Schedule 2 Drive
If you've completed any driving lessons, logging on shouldn't be an issue. Click the link above, go to the Student Login and enter the information requested. Once you're on your profile, please ensure that your address is correct, replace any email address with your SHS email address(if you're a SHS student) and check and update your cell phone number is correct. For communication between Schedule 2 Drive, you and us, it's important that this information is accurate.
If you're unable to log-in, it's likely because we do not have your permit number and/or a payment is still due. If you've never done a driving lesson or recently received your permit, please email me at Bennett@swampscott.k12.ma.us with the S or SA number, I'll enter it into your profile and activate your account, as long as a payment has been made and processed, you'll then be able to schedule lessons/observations. (Please give us 3-5 business days to complete this)
All newly starting students really should schedule their first times on the road with us an observation then drive or vice versa. Which means you will be in the car for 2 hours(RMV policy maximum). Example; 2:45pm-4:45pm or 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Students should not be scheduling more than 2-3 lessons per month. That is what we've always suggested because it's the most educationally sound way of learning one of the most important skills a new teen driver needs, but it also prevents one or more students from scheduling more than that, taking away the availability of lessons for our other students. In some circumstances, we will allow it, but that is a case-by-case basis. Any student that schedules more than the 2-3 per month without prior approval or proper payment will have them canceled within the Schedule 2 Drive system.
Payments should still be made accordingly and prior to scheduling any lessons.
This can still be done via the online payment site - https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx
Payments can also be made by cash or check (Town of Swampscott)
Transferring to Another Driving School?
All requests for to transfer to another driving school must come from the school. They should email me at Bennett@swampscott.k12.ma.us
All the class and parent night is uploaded to ATLAS when completed, the RMV must then complete the official transfer.
Please allow up to 10 business days for this request to be completed.
We have also created a partnership with In Control Crash Prevention, they will be providing a discount of $75 for all Swampscott High School Driver Education students that enroll in their skills course. Two of our instructors will be going through their program in order to introduce some of the skills learned during their course, as well as being able to provide an accurate recommendation to parents/guardians/students about this course.