Infectious Disease Safety Plan
Updated 08/26/2020

Practice Good Hygiene

Classroom Instruction

If you are sick, do not attend class! Missed days may be made up at a later time. The following procedure will be followed to provide the safest learning environment possible.

  • Each student will be screened before they enter the classroom.
    • Their temperature will be taken using a non-contact forehead thermometer.
      • Anyone with a temperature of 100.2 degrees fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed to attend class.
        • Students who present with a temperature will be required to provide proof that they tested negative for COVID-19 or wait a minimum of two weeks before they are allowed to return to the classroom.
  • Any student presenting symptoms will not be allowed to attend class.
    • Fever, coughing or shortness of breath.
  • We ask any student that has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last week to stay home and not attend class.
  • Everyone must wear a mask at all times.
    • All students are being asked to supply their own masks. A small supply of disposable masks are available for use when a student does not have access to their own mask.
    • In the event there is a medical reason a student can not wear a mask, you must make arrangements with us in advance. Students will not be allowed to show up and simply state that they cannot wear a mask.
  • All students must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet from one another at all times.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the classroom.
  • All students are required to use hand sanitizer each time they enter the classroom.

 

 

Stay at Home Order Expires

May 15th, 2020
With the expiration of the stay at home order, Today’s Driving School will be resuming Behind the Wheel Instruction.

The official date for driver’s education programs to resume behind the wheel instruction is Monday, May 18th. Today’s Driving School will resume our operations one week later on Monday, May 25th. This will allow us the time needed to recall our instructors and train them on new safety policies and procedures.

We ask everyone’s patience and understanding as we return to work. Naturally we have a large backlog of students that had their behind the wheel instruction cancelled due to the shutdown. Our intention is to move forward in the most fair way possible.

Students with road tests scheduled with one of the testing centers that will be open (see below) will have first priority. We will then schedule the remaining students with cancelled BTW appointments and finishing with all other students.

We are implementing many new safety procedures to protect students and instructors from exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. You may expect that your child will be required to where a mask during their driving sessions.

Opening of Testing Centers
The State of Minnesota is opening 15 testing centers starting on Tuesday, May 19th at 8:00am. Road testing will resume on Tuesday, May 26th and will be by appointment only.

Information on the opening of additional testing centers has not been provided to us at this time. Please go to DVS website for additional information on testing centers.
https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx


Stay at Home Extended – Again

April 30, 2020
Governor Walz has announced that the stay at home order has been extended to May 18, 2020.

He also went into detail explaining how the process for reopening businesses is currently looking. It is a complicated matter for driver’s education.

CLASSROOM
I do not know if they will make us wait until the public schools reopen or not. We will continue to monitor this. Please call with any questions.

BEHIND THE WHEEL
Behind the wheel instruction will likely be one of the last business activities to return to the new normal. Looking at the charts that the Governor provided, I am guessing we fit into the same category of businesses as salons and barber shops considering the close proximity to each other in the car.

Please continue to be patient as we all work together to battle this virus.

April 21, 2020

Contract Expiration – Extended!

While many businesses are allowed to reopen this week, we are not one of them. The classroom and behind the wheel settings do not allow for proper social distancing. While we are conducting classroom education via remote learning, we are unable to provide any behind the wheel instruction at this time.

Student’s have expressed concern about the expiration date on their contract. We are extending the contract period for anyone who registered with us prior to or during the shutdown period. This does not apply to any contracts that expired prior to March 1st, 2020.

We hope to be able to resume our regular operations again soon. Please be patient as we are following the guidelines established by Governor Walz to help control the COVID-19 crisis.

We will get through this together . . . just keep on swimming.

 

April 8, 2020

Hello Everyone,
Today Governor Walz announced that the Stay at Home Order has been extended to May 4, 2020. In accordance with Executive Order 20-02 Today’s Driving School will remain shuttered.

All students affected by this announcement will be contacted via phone or email. We will not be scheduling future dates until we know when the Stay at Home Order will be lifted. Continuing to schedule just ads to the confusion and will have us all chasing our tails.

We look forward to the end of the pandemic and continue to work on strategies to help make the process of returning to normalcy as smooth as possible.

Be proud, the inconveniences we are enduring now are saving lives!

March 10, 2020

Hello Everyone,
I hope this announcement finds everyone well as we navigate the stress caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. I am sure everyone is aware that Governor Waltz has just announced that all schools will be closed no later than Wednesday March 18th for a period of 8 days while schools implement plans for remote learning. Please read this entire notice regarding how we at Today’s Driving School are preparing to protect our staff and students during this crisis.
Because online instruction for driver’s education is not an option due to current rules and regulations with the Department of Public Safety, we currently plan to continue with our classroom and behind the wheel schedules. We need your cooperation and understanding during this crisis in order to protect our staff and students as much as possible. Your cooperation is critical and greatly appreciated.

  • We ask that any student exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 infection or have family members who are ill act responsibly.   Cancel your behind the wheel sessions or stay home from class, whichever applies to you.  Our customary cancellation fee for anyone cancelling within 24 hours of their session has been suspended. You will not be charged for cancelling BTW sessions.
  • Instructors are being given the discretion to remove from class or refuse to drive with, any student that is exhibiting symptoms such as coughing, soar throat, sneezing or runny nose during the duration of  this crisis. I hope that everyone will be responsible and not put our instructors in the position of acting on this authority. If your child is ill, please keep them home.

  • Last week we began a policy requiring all students entering the vehicle to wipe down contact surfaces with a disinfectant wipe prior to starting their session.
    • Your child should wash their hands prior to each session as well as when returning from their session as an extra precaution.

  • Instructors exhibiting symptoms of the virus will not be allowed to work. This has the potential to cause major scheduling issues and possible class cancellations.

    • A driving instructor must be licensed and pass through a vigorous hiring process that includes a background check, testing and training. This is a 6 to 8 week process, which greatly limits our ability to temporarily replace instructors that are ill. We currently have 10 instructors on staff, hopefully enough of us will remain healthy to prevent any delays or hardships in your child’s driver’s education.

    • You will be notified of any cancellations by email and/or phone.
  • In order to protect the viability of our school:

    • If we need to cancel or delay your child’s classroom or BTW education as a result of the pandemic, no refunds will be provided for anyone choosing to  switch to another driving school.

We understand that your child is excited to get their permit and driver’s license. Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to help your child complete their driver’s education in a safe and timely manner.

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Thank you,
Tim