Driver Education Classroom Instruction

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2020欧洲杯积分Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) provides driver education instruction to meet the Virginia requirements for students to receive their driver's license. In tenth grade health and physical education (HPE II), each high school provides a minimum of thirty-six classroom hours of driver education instruction.

The Code of Virginia (§22.1-205) requires students and their parents living in Planning District 8 which includes the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park, to participate in a 90-minute parent/teen presentation.  PWCS students and their parent are required to attend a meeting together as part of their classroom driver education course. 

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Both student and parent/guardian are required to attend a 90-minute teen driving safety program as part of the in-classroom portion of the driver education curriculum. 

This program requirement must be met before a student receives a Driver Education Certificate of Completion card (DEC- District 8 card).

2020欧洲杯积分 The 90-minute parent-teen traffic safety presentation will be offered multiple times throughout the school year at each high school. Students and their parent/guardian should plan to attend the presentation at their school but may also attend meetings at other high schools. 

Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early as no one is admitted after the presentation begins.  
Evening presentations begins at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are typically held in the school's auditorium. Please plan for travel accordingly as parents/students are required to attend for the entire 90 minutes. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to your student's health and physical education teacher. 

The next upcoming Parent/Teen Meetings are:

February 20, 2020 – Gar-Field HS
March 19, 2020 – Potomac HS 
March 24, 2020 - Forest Park HS 
March 31, 2020 - Hylton HS,  Stonewall Jackson HS
April 2, 2020 - Potomac HS

 

View the full 2019-20 Parent/Teen Schedule by Location and date

  

After School Range/Road (Behind-the-Wheel) Driver Education Program

Behind-the-wheel in-car instruction is offered as an after school program at each PWCS high school. Behind-the-wheel instruction provides 14 hours of driving in residential, open, and interstate roadways. See the registration link below. *Please note you will not be able to schedule a behind-the-wheel class until payment is submitted to the driver education coordinator at the school.

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Online Registration for Driver Education Behind-the-Wheel Instruction!

Click here to see details and a preview of the registration process (Word)

For behind-the-wheel registration and information, contact your school's driver education coordinator.  See coordinator information below:

 School Coordinator 

Battlefield High School

Krista Link

Brentsville High School

Holly Tousha

Charles J. Colgan, Sr. High School

Sandi Viggiani

Forest Park High School

Lawrence Locke

Freedom High School

Dan Helton

Gar-Field High School

Mickie Sullivan

Hylton High School

Todd Hayes

Osbourn Park High School

Rod Hodgson

Patriot High School

Amy Dignan

Potomac High School

Shanice Fuller

Stonewall Jackson High School

Megan Rose

Woodbridge High School

Mike Piacesi

  

Summer Driver Education Road/Range (Behind-the-Wheel) Instruction

Dates will be available for registration beginning May 1. Dates for instruction will be provided after the payment is made to the coordinator.

Obtaining A Learner's Permit

If the applicant is at least 15 years and six months old and under the age of 18, a learner's permit may be obtained at a Department of Motor Vehicles customer service center after fulfilling several requirements. For details on the application and licensing process, go to the DMV website

 

180-Day Provisional License

In order to receive a 180-Day Provisional License the student must meet several Virginia requirements. Please click on the link below to read the requirements for the Juvenile Licensing Process in Virginia:  


Teen Driving Restrictions

(www.dmv.virginia.gov)

2020欧洲杯积分Virginia's driving restrictions are not meant to penalize teen drivers, but to help them stay safe while they gain valuable driving experience. Studies have found that these restrictions work to reduce the number of car crashes among young drivers.

Curfew Restrictions

If you are under age 18, Virginia law prohibits you from driving midnight to 4 A.M. except when driving:

  • to or from a place of business where you are employed;
  • to or from an activity that is supervised by an adult and is sponsored by a school or by a civic, religious, or public organization;
  • with a licensed spouse age 18 or older, parent or other adult acting in loco parentis who is occupying the front passenger seat,
  • in case of an emergency, including responding to emergency calls as a volunteer firefighter or rescue squad personnel.

Restrictions on the Number of Passengers

If you are under age 18, you may carry only one passenger under age 21, unless accompanied by a licensed parent, or other adult acting in place of a parent, in the front passenger seat. However, after you have held your license for one year, you may carry up to three passengers under age 21 in the following situations:

  • Travel to and from a school-sponsored activity;
  • A licensed driver 21 or older is in the front passenger seat; or
  • In case of an emergency.

Learner's permit holders may not carry more than one passenger under age 18.

(Passenger restrictions do not apply to family members)

Violations of either the curfew or passenger restrictions can result in the suspension of your driver's license.

Cellular Telephone/Wireless Telecommunications Device Restrictions

Virginia's cellular telephone law prohibits the use of cell phones while driving, regardless of whether such device is or is not hand-held.

You can only use a cell phone or any other telecommunications device for a driver emergency and the vehicle must be lawfully parked or stopped.

 

Driver Education Information and Resources

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