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traffic safetyResearch shows that teenagers who take a driver’s education class are much safer on the road. This semester-long course will focus on traffic safety education and personal finance through a blended semester developing student independence. The traffic safety education quarter will cover the state requirements for earning a driver’s license in the state of Washington. Students will be required to complete a minimum of six hours of supervised drives with a certificated driving instructor outside of the school day. Students are required to have a driving permit during or prior to taking this course. During financial education, students will learn personal finance skills necessary for life after high school.  Students will learn about income, money management/budgeting, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will need to have a driver’s permit to participate.

Contacts:

Jerry Maher
CTE & SEATech Skills Center Director
jmaher@wwps.org
509-526-2000

Cathy Kay
Traffic Safety Instructor
ckay@wwps.org
509-527-3020 

Maribel De La Cruz
Assistant Secretary, Traffic Safety Education
mdelacruz@wwps.org
509-527-3020 ext:8642

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Course Requirements:

  • 30 hours of Traffic Safety Education classroom instruction
  • 6 hours of driving with Behind the Wheel Instructor
  • Driving observation is required with each drive (in addition to 6 hours of drive time)
  • 12 hours of home-driving practice
  • A student shall meet the objectives and competencies listed in the curriculum guide prior to being issued a completion certificate 

Eligibility:

  • Students must have a pending permit on the first day of class and obtain their instruction permit no later than seven calendar days after the start of class.

How to obtain your driver’s permit

Please follow the instructions below:

    • Visit the Washington State Department of Licensing License Express website.
    • Click the Join now! button, then click Join now! This active link will open a secure pre-registration window where you will input your personal information for the DOL permit.
    • Select: License eXpress for individuals.
    • Select: Pre-apply for my first Washington driver permit, driver license or ID card.
    • Once you have completed the “tell us who you are” information on this online form – you will be given a 12-character identification number that will start with the first letters of your last name. This is your permit number and eventually your driver’s license number.
    • Once you have your permit number – email the 12 digit number to: mdelacruz@wwps.org. She will cross reference your academic course enrollment to confirm for the DOL that you are enrolled in the Walla Walla Public Schools Traffic Safety Course.
    • After Ms. De La Cruz has received the DOL confirmation from your permit-entry, she will email you to confirm your approved course status with the DOL.
    • There are two options for obtaining your permit (DOL instructions to get permit)
      • Option for non-photo ID permit: If you don't want a photo on your permit, you can log in and finish your application online. Be aware you'll have to provide proof of identity in person when it's time to get your license.
      • If you want a photo ID permit: Prove your identity in person. You'll need to make an appointment to do this (using your WDL number, to "Get a license/ID"). Learn more about proving your identity (if you have a valid Washington ID card, you don't need to do this again). Take your picture at the The Department of Licensing (DOL). They can use a recent photo of you if they have one on file.
        • The Department of Licensing (DOL) in Walla Walla is located at 145 Jade Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Be prepared to pay a fee to cover the cost of your photo ID permit (i.e. $25) and have your legal parent/guardian with you.
    • When your permit will arrive
      • After you pay and finish your application (online or at the DOL), they will mail your permit. It should arrive in 7-10 business days. Call them if you haven’t received it after 2 weeks: 360.902.3900.
      • Log in to print your temporary permit or replace a lost permit card. If you go to an office, you'll get a temporary permit at that time.

Enrollment Criteria:

  • Active student in Walla Walla Public Schools
  • Course Requests - (Requests for Spring is full)
  • Registration for Summer Session - (April of 2023).

Student Expectations:

  • Students will be held to a behavioral code of conduct.
  • This is a performance-based program. Students must attend all classroom sessions and complete all course requirements before course completion can be reported to the Department of Licensing.
  • ALL classroom assignments, assigned work, and completed tests/quizzes must be passed with a minimum of 80% for the student to receive completion.
  • If you fail a unit concept test, you will need to retake a similar test within one to two class periods (without getting behind on current content and concepts).
  • Students are expected to complete their drives/observations within the start and finish dates of the session. Exceptions due to unforeseen circumstances must be communicated and documented.
  • Students are to be on time for each scheduled drive session and possess their driving permit. Arriving without a driving permit will be cause for not driving and will result in a missed drive.
  • If a student needs to miss a drive, the driving instructor must be notified no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled drive time. Failure to do so will result in a $50 missed drive time fee.

Student Fees:

  • No cost to active students of Walla Walla Public Schools or Private/Homeschool students residing within school district boundares
  • Out of district students taking the course during the summer, registration fee is $450.
  • Students must give 24 hour notice if they are unable to make their scheduled drive time. Students that fail give advance notice, or miss their drive completely may be charged a $50 rescheduling fee.

Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) Expectations:

  • traffic safetyStudents are required to pass six hours total of behind the wheel drive time to complete the course. Students are also required to complete observations during each drive. Each drive will include drive time AND observation.
  • Drive lessons occur each day of the week, after school starting at 3:30 pm, and on Saturdays (times may vary).
  • By law, a student can only complete one hour of drive time on any given day.
  • The BTW drives will begin as soon as the first week of class. Up to three students will be scheduled for each drive lesson session.
  • Walla Walla Public Schools will not allow students to drive on solo lessons. We have a strict no-show policy, because we must cancel the drive, or find a substitute student, if you fail to show for a drive lesson. Your no-show impacts other students and the instructor – 1st no should results in a $50 fee, and 2nd no show could result in being dropped from the course. The District Traffic Safety team will review all cases.
  • No cell phones, electronic devices, or backpacks will be allowed in the passenger compartment of the cars during the drives.
  • No food or liquids (except water) will be allowed in the car during drives.
  • Distractive behaviors while in the vehicle are not allowed and will be dealt with as a behavior violation.
  • Students must arrive to their scheduled BTW drive lesson prepared, well-rested, and alert or their drive can be canceled.

Schedule a drive time:

Need a drive time? Sign up HERE 

Immediate Course Removal, Course Failure, and Repeating a Course:

  • It is understood that if a Traffic Safety Education student flagrantly disobeys the course instructor, they can be dropped from the class immediately. (A poor attitude will not be allowed behind the wheel.)
  • Illegal use of a motor vehicle carries severe consequences. Students observed driving a personal vehicle without proper supervision (while enrolled in this course) will be dropped from the class immediately.
  • Students may be dropped from this class if traffic violations are reported or observed by a traffic safety instructor.
  • Any student reporting to class or their drive lesson who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (prescribed or illegal) will be immediately referred to the school administration and/or the police for evaluation.
  • An absence due to a suspension, expulsion or missing the class more than two times will require make up or repeat of the course for completion.  The student will need to design a plan with the Traffic Safety Education coordinator to make up missing work.