In response to school district closures as a result of COVID-19, school districts will allow students enrolled in driver’s education courses in the spring 2020 semester to finish instruction during the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semester.
We will post more information as it becomes available. Thank you.
Summer 2020 - ALERT- At this time, Driver Education is cancelled for the summer. Any updates will be posted here. Thank you.
Residents of the Orchard Park Central School District have first priority to participate in the driver education program. Dates and times are listed below. If there are remaining spots after OPCSD students have had the opportunity to register, non-district students will be allowed to participate by clicking on the link that will be available on this page beginning Friday, May 8, 2020.
Participants must attend all scheduled theory and driving classes to acquire the minimum number of hours established by New York State. There are no make-up sessions. If a student cannot meet all classes, s/he should not sign up for the program. Students will be given a calendar with their complete schedule at registration. This schedule is subject to change, therefore the final schedule for a student is determined by the instructor. You must be flexible.
The summer session will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020 and will run through approximately the end of July/first few days of August(depending on the instructor). We will have two or three instructors and their schedules do vary somewhat. Lectures will meet for an hour and a half 4 or 5 mornings per week (depending on the instructor) for 16 lectures. Students will drive 4 or 5 times per week for an hour and a half for 16 drives in a time slot selected at registration (based on availability). The calendar received at registration will list all lecture and drive times. The textbook fee (approximately $20.00) will be collected the first day of class.
Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Certificate of Completion (MV-285, a.k.a. “The Blue Card”). This certificate allows students to schedule road test appointments with the Department of Motor Vehicles and apply to change their junior license to a full license at the age of 17. Also included is the “Eligibility for Reduction of Insurance Premium” certificate which may be presented to the student’s insurance company. Please check with your individual carrier in regard to the discount that may be given.
The 5-Hour Prelicensing certificate (MV-278) is also included in the Driver Education program and will be given to students upon request once the content of the pre-licensing program has been covered in the classroom and the student successfully passes the test.
The MV-278 can also be used to schedule a road test with the Department of Motor Vehicles if so desired before the completion of the full Driver Education course.
In order to eliminate long lines to register for Driver Education, STUDENTS MUST PRE-REGISTER ON-LINE AND WILL BE ISSUED A NUMBER WHICH WILL INDICATE THEIR POSITION IN LINE.
Each session (fall, winter/spring and summer) of Driver Education has a limited number of seats. The limit for the Summer 2020 session is expected to be approximately 50. When the limit has been reached, we will allow an additional ten (10) students to obtain a position in line, then the website will not be accessible. The ten additional students may or may not be placed in a class, depending on how many students with lower position numbers decide to withdraw their registrations. History shows that these 10 students have been successful at being placed in a class, however there is no guarantee.
Each Driver Education registration session (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer) will be an independent event with no carry over (“wait listing”) from the previous session.
The student and/or parent must be present on Saturday, May 16, 2020 to get an available seat for the Summer session. Times to report for registration are as follows according to your line assignment number:
#1 –10 8:00am
Arriving earlier than your assigned time does NOT increase your chance of getting a seat.
Out of District Students: Online Registration Link - Not Open
These links will be available to certain individuals, at certain times according to the following schedules:
CURRENT SENIORS (class of 2020) may log in to obtain their line assignment on Friday, April 24, 2020 starting at 5:00 p.m. POSTPONED
CURRENT JUNIORS (class of 2021) may log in to obtain their line assignment on Saturday, April 25, 2020 starting at 5:00 p.m. POSTPONED
CURRENT SOPHOMORES (class of 2022) may log in to obtain their line assignment on Friday, May 1, 2020 starting at 5:00 p.m. POSTPONED
OUT OF DISTRICT – may log in to obtain their line assignment on Saturday, Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. POSTPONED
DON’T MISS OUT! REGISTER EARLY~ OPCSD STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER FIRST ON THE DATES LISTED ABOVE. BEGINNING FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020, DRIVER EDUCATION LINE ASSIGNMENT NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO OUT-OF-DISTRICT STUDENTS.
Each student and/or his/her parent must then be present for the actual registration that will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Community Education Office at the Orchard Park High School Cafeteria (Baker entrance please). Since everyone registering will have an assigned line number, there is no reason to arrive any earlier than 7:45am. We will begin promptly at 8:00am. If you are not present when your line number is called, you must wait at the end of the line. Line order numbers will be strictly followed. For example, if a parent is registering more than one child and the children do not have consecutive numbers, the parent must re-enter the line at the correct spot to register the second child.
Items to bring with you:
- Payment of $460.00 (checks or cash only-no credit cards. Checks payable to Orchard Park Central School District) There are absolutely NO REFUNDS.
- Student’s Learner’s Permit or Driver’s License PLUS ONE COPY of the permit or license.
- A student may register for Driver Education without a permit, however she/he MUST have it by the first day of class (JUNE 29, 2020)
- Your printed line assignment page from the website signed by parent/guardian.
- A valid and current school identification card
For more information please call the Community Education Office at 209-6295.