Spring 2017 Driver Education Program
Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,
We wish to inform you that registration for 2017 Spring Driver's Education program is open. The registration form will stay on the district website until we reach the maximum number of students that the program can accommodate for the Spring semester. If you have any questions regarding the Driver's Education program, please call Mr. Kevin Wurtz, Coordinator of Driver Education, at (631) 912-2152.
Only 11th and 12th grade Commack High School students, who are in good standing and have met all their academic requirements for their present school year, are eligible to enroll. Students must be sixteen years of age and must be a junior or senior.
The fee for the sixteen week program is $500 payable by check/money order to the Commack School District or through PaySchools. Payment can be made by check, e-check or credit card. If paying by e-check or credit card you can access our online processing system by clicking on the PaySchools link located on the home page of the Commack Website at www.commackschools.org under the parents resource tab. If paying by PaySchools, please print out and attach a copy of your confirmation page with the completed application.
NOTE: When paying by PaySchools, a non-refundable fee of $18.20 is charged by PaySchools tudents must have a valid NYS driving permit with photo when submitting the registration form.
· Students must have a valid NYS driving permit with photo when submitting the registration form.
· A completed registration form, accompanied by a photo copy of the student’s valid NYS driving permit with photo, and check/money order or confirmation of payment through PaySchools must be sent via postal mail. Without ALL proper and complete documentation, the registration form will not be processed.
The REGISTRATION FORM, which you will need to print out, along with instructions on how to apply, is linked to this page.
· Registration forms are processed on a first come, first serve basis. We will NOT be able to process mailing envelopes that are not postmarked by the USPS, that are left in Main Office of Commack High School, the Hubbs Administration Building, or registration packets that are sent in with incomplete documentation. Any applicant with incomplete documentation will be contacted via email notification or phone call.
A calendar schedule for the Spring dates is linked to this page. As there is a firm attendance policy, please review these dates to determine if the Spring semester will work for the student’s schedule.
There are two components to this program which involves WEEKLY CLASS LECTURE and WEEKLY DRIVING INSTRUCTION; the program culminates at the end of a sixteen week course. Upon successful completion of the course the student will receive an MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion and the parent/guardian will be able to download and fill out the MV-262 Certificate of Supervised Driving.
ATTENDANCE / ABSENCE POLICY
There are only three  absences permitted from the sixteen  week DRIVING component. Each absence must be made up. If an absence is not made up the student will not receive a passing grade or certificate. Upon a 4th absence from driving instruction, the student will be removed from the program with no refund issued nor a certificate awarded.
The classroom and driving calendar is linked below for you to review in order to make your requests for scheduling. Requests DO NOT guarantee that the student will be assigned to requested time slots. Once you receive confirmation of your assigned schedule, changes will not be made; therefore, please choose carefully – consider all academic responsibilities including SAT/ACT testing, review classes, music/drama commitments, college visitations, after-school/Saturday commitments also including sport schedules and events, club activities, volunteer responsibilities, employment schedules and family obligations in accordance with the attendance/absence policy stated above before choosing to enroll in this program.
We suggest that students and parent/guardians thoroughly discuss this commitment and the attendance policy as there will not be any exceptions. Once the session begins, there will not be any refunds issued.
MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL ASSEMBLY
There is a mandatory informational assembly that requires BOTH a parent/guardian and the student to attend on either January 24th or 25th at 7 pm in the High School Auditorium. Absence from this assembly by either a parent/guardian or the student will result in the student not being able to participate in the program. There are no substitutions or “stand in” parent/guardians allowed.
Makeup procedures for missed driving and lecture classes will be discussed in further detail at student and parent mandatory assembly.
LECTURE CLASS SCHEDULE
Weekday lecture class meets once a week for sixteen  weeks. Students will have the option to request:
Tuesday: 3:15-4:45 or 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Wednesday: 3:15-4:45 or 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Thursday: 3:15-4:45 or 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Once schedules are assigned there will not be any changes. Every effort is made to accommodate all student requests; however, not all requests will be able to be accommodated.
DRIVING CLASS SCHEDULE
Driving instruction class is given on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday [16 weeks]. Students will have the option to choose:
Tuesday 3:15-4:45 or 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Wednesday 3:15-4:45 or 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Thursday 3:15-4:45 or 4:45 – 6:15 PM
Saturdays (choice of one)
7: 30 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Once schedules are confirmed there CANNOT be any changes. Every effort is made to accommodate all student requests; however, not all requests will be able to be accommodated. ________(parent’s initial here)
**Please note that if a weekday driving time is not available, the student will be placed in a Saturday driving time.**
MV-285 STUDENT CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Upon successful completion of the sixteen week course, which requires receiving a passing grade for the lecture and driving components, student will receive an MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion. You will need the certification number to schedule an appointment for a road test. Additionally, this certificate must be presented at the time of the road test.
Receiving a passing grade is contingent upon attendance, class work, driving assessments, student’s driving progression each week, participation, and attitude in both classroom and car. Classroom instruction is provided by Driver Education Instructors who have been certified in a Driver Education course. Driving instruction is provided through a contracted Professional Driving School.
MV-262 CERTIFICATE OF SUPERVISED DRIVING
Upon successful completion of this sixteen week course, which involves receiving a passing grade for the lecture and driving components, the parent/guardian of the student will be able to download and complete the MV-262 Certificate of Supervised Driving of which the Driver Education program can sign off on six  hours of driving. Parent/guardian is responsible for the remaining forty-four  hours of driving of which fifteen  must be night driving. This certificate must be presented at the time of road test.
Please note that the Driver Education program is a service provided to the students of this district and is not part of the regular high school academic curriculum; therefore a student does not receive any high school credit upon completion of it. As the Commack School District works in compliance with the Department of Motor Vehicle to facilitate this program, it cannot administratively excuse a student for any school activity which may contribute to student exceeding the maximum of three absences.
The Five Hour Driving Course, offered through professional driving schools, does not work in conjunction with the course offered here. The Commack School District does not issue the MV-278 certificate that is distributed upon completion of the Five Hour Driving Course. Please understand that this policy has been instituted by our Board of Education and the Commack School District Administration after careful deliberation for student safety and education concerning driving practices at a young age.
Should there need to be any changes made during the sixteen week program the student will be informed either by the classroom instructor, postings on the school website, through our School Messenger telephone system and/or by an email sent to the requested email address listed on registration form.
For, questions or concerns please email: [email protected] or call 912-2152.
Mr. Kevin Wurtz
Coordinator of Driver Education