5 reasons to book summer 2021 Drivers Ed now
Will your teen driver need summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes soon? If so, the time to book them is now. Right now. So, exactly why should you book summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes two months or longer ahead of time? Please check out the five reasons below to book summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes now.
Reason #1: More students than ever need Drivers Ed this summer
Due to the pandemic, Drive Smart Georgia closed our doors for 7 weeks. Plus, many parents decided to hold off on Drivers Ed and in-car lessons until they thought it was safer. Many students who were eligible to take Drivers Ed in 2020 have opted to take it in 2021.
That means demand is up for summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes. The key is to book them early to secure the best dates and times. Yes, we are able to offer online options like a Zoom class with a real teacher in real time or an online program with a convenient start/stop option. However, many parents are opting for in-person Drivers Ed classes, especially since we have super-safe COVID-19 precautions in place. For more details, see reason #4.
Reason #2: Take Drivers Ed early to get those drives in
If your teen wants to get his or her Georgia driver’s license before the first day of school, make sure they can complete their in-car driving lessons.
Drive Smart Georgia strongly suggests 7 days between driving lessons. That’s because students need time to work on and perfect the skills they learned from their instructor.
Our cars run from 7 am until 10 pm, but it may be a bit more difficult to book a lesson during the busy summer months. That’s why it’s important to book now to take summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes in late May or early June.
By doing so, your teen will have plenty of time to book and take the three 2-hour in-car driving lessons in time to apply for their campus parking permit before the start of school.
Reason #3: Apply now for the Georgia Driver’s Education
The Georgia Department of Driver Services designated Drive Smart Georgia as an authorized provider of the Drivers Ed scholarship program to qualified families.
Georgia residents ages 15-17 can apply for the Georgia Driver’s Education Grant Scholarship, sponsored by the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission (GDEC). The scholarship program satisfies all Joshua’s Law requirements. Furthermore, all grant recipients can take the program with NO out-of-pocket cost.
If you plan on applying for the scholarship program, it’s important to apply now because it can take up to a few weeks for the approval process.
To learn more about the Drivers Ed Scholarship program, click here.
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Reason #4: Strict COVID-19 safety precautions in our classrooms
Rest assured that we are taking EVERY precaution to keep our students safe!
COVID-19 precautions in our classrooms
Safety in our classrooms is our #1 priority at Drive Smart Georgia. Below are precautions that we have implemented for all of our in-person summer 2021 Drivers Ed classes.
- Before and after each and every class, Drive Smart Georgia is using a commercial-grade disinfecting unit that is 100% safe to not only remove germs, but to kill them. This is an above and beyond precaution that we are happy to offer.
- All students must wait outside prior to class, spaced 6′ apart while in line.
- Prior to entering the classroom, each student must answer a quick health questionnaire and have their temperature checked with a no-contact scan thermometer.
- All chairs in our classrooms will be spaced a minimum of 6′ apart.
- All students and the teacher must wear a clean mask during the duration of all classes.
- In addition to using our commercial-grade disinfection unit, our office staff will sanitize all surfaces (doors, doorknobs, light switches, desks, chairs, faucets, desks, chairs, pens – everything that is touched!) frequently. Yes, we have plenty of hand sanitizer for all students too.
- Before and after breaks, students will be asked to wash their hands, the best defense against COVID-19.
- Our doors will remain open (except during inclement weather) in order to circulate fresh air in our classrooms.
- All classroom teachers must report their temperature each morning of class. They have signed agreements that they will NOT report to work if they are not feeling well. They have also agreed to not wear the same clothing that they wore during the previous class (unless the clothing was washed between classes), or while visiting any public building.
- For the safety of our students and staff, parents will not be allowed in our lobby or classrooms. Interaction among the teacher and office staff will be very limited and 6 ft. apart.
- Teachers will take the students outside as often as possible for fresh air breaks with 6’ distancing rules in place.
Reason #5: Strict COVID-19 safety precautions in our vehicles
Drive Smart Georgia is going above and beyond to completely disinfect our vehicles to keep our students safe during driving lessons and road tests.
Precautions for Road Tests:
- The examiner and student will both be required to wear a clean mask during the road test. Please have your teen bring their own mask.
- To ensure a super safe road test, our examiner will take your student’s temperature with a no-contact scan thermometer. Rest assured that our examiner will also be fever-free.
- Examiners will disinfect every surface, switch, mirror, steering wheel, seats and more before and after each road test.
- Upon arrival, please stay in your car. The examiner will come out to you. For your safety, parents can no longer wait in our lobby during the test.
Precautions for Driving Lessons:
- The instructor and student will both be required to wear a clean mask during the driving lesson. Please have your teen bring their own mask.
- To ensure a super safe driving lesson, our instructor will take your student’s temperature with a no-contact scan thermometer. Rest assured that our instructor will also be fever-free.
- Students will get a break every 30 minutes for relief from wearing a mask.
- All in-car lessons will begin and end at one of our Drive Smart Georgia locations. This will allow plenty of time to properly and completely disinfect our cars before and after each lesson.
- Every surface, switch, mirror, steering wheel, seats and more in each vehicle will be disinfected before and after all lessons. Each car will be disinfected between shifts.
- Each vehicle will be equipped with disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.
- Students and parents will meet with the instructor (6′ distance rule) outside to limit contact.
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