ODOT Required Parent Student Night
In an effort to ensure the success of your son or daughter in this program, please plan to attend the required parent/student night. Expectations, objectives, and procedures will be reviewed. It is also a time to gain clarification regarding new laws and driving techniques. For dates and times please refer to the schedule on-line. If for some reason you are unable to attend the appropriate parent orientation, choose one that will better fit your schedule.
Students must fulfill a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction. If a student attends less than the required 30 hours of classroom, you may attend a future class at a different location.
Tardiness is arriving to class past the scheduled start time or failing to return from a break at the specified time. Excessive tardiness may result in course failure.
Materials Needed For a Successful Course
Pens, pencils, erasers and paper
Notebook or binder for papers and assisgnemtns
Course Credit/Grading Policy
All assignments are due no later than the last day of class.
This ODOT certified course is a pass/fail course. Both the classroom phase and the Behind-the-Wheel phase must be completed successfully in order to receive a “Pass” grade. Grading is based on the following:
- In-class worksheets/quizzes
- Final exam
- Behind-The-Wheel driving performance
- Online quizzes
Pass/Fail Policies and Course Repeat Policies
Oregon Driver Education Center requires that all students enrolled in the ODOT approved driver education course receive an 80% in the classroom they will be given the opportunity to bring their grade up to a passing level by retaking the final and/or making up class work.
Students who wish to re-take the course may do so by paying the full tuition amount.
Behind the wheel (BTW)
Each student is required to complete 12 hours of in-car instruction; consisting of 6 behind-the-wheel hours and 6 observation hours. Lessons are normally scheduled in one-week intervals to provide opportunity for habit development. Behind-the-wheel lessons are conducted at or near the classroom location. Please consider your schedule carefully before committing to the BTW appointments. You will be receiving an email after the 2nd day of class with instructions and access information to our online scheduling system. Please consider your schedule carefully before committing to the BTW appointments.
In-car Training Policies
If you cancel a Behind the Wheel (BTW) lesson with less than 72 hours notice you will be charged $55 to make up each lesson that was missed. If your student is a “No Show” for their BTW lesson you will be charged $110 to make up the missed lesson. A “No Show” is defined as any missed appointment scheduled by the student, parent, or guardian due to any of the following:
- Not showing up for the scheduled BTW lesson
- Canceling the lesson with less than four hour notice
- Arriving without the lawfully required instruction permit or license
- If a student is impaired for any reason, (Lack of sleep, medication, intoxication,etc.)
Curriculum & Text Books
ODEC is utilizing the curriculum adopted & approved by ODOT for Driver Education courses.
Students will be issued the ODOT Playbook. Classroom & in-car lesson plans utilize the principles of low risk driver behavior outlined in these texts. Students are expected to complete assigned reading in advance of their class. These also serve as useful guides for parents/supervising adult.
Lessons are designed to progress from simple (low speed, static environment) to complex (high speed, dynamic environment). Driving skills are practiced in a variety of locations: off-street, residential areas, arterials (both low & high volume), business areas, curves, and limited access highway.
Students must demonstrate the ability to perform the learning goals established for each lesson. With guided practice between lessons, students are better prepared to meet the challenges of increasingly complex driving environments. A final drive test will help the instructor determine whether or not the student is capable of performing the required driving tasks.
Good communication with the driving instructor is critical. Please plan to spend a few minutes at the end of each lesson to debrief with the instructor and find out what skills the student needs to practice in preparation for the next lesson. Failure to acquire adequate practice time is the most common cause of course failure. If you are unable to provide adequate practice, you may want to consider scheduling additional driving lessons for your son or daughter.
ODEC may employ the use of internal video monitoring equipment as part of a multifaceted approach to protecting the safety and security of students, instructors, and property and promoting the highest educational standards. ODEC recognizes it must balance the rights of privacy of students and staff with its duty to provide a safe learning environment. Video monitoring shall be used only to promote the order, safety, and teaching objectives of students, staff, and property. Staff and students are prohibited from unauthorized use, tampering with, or otherwise interfering with video camera equipment and will be subject to appropriate
OAR 737-015-0030 (5)(d) Requires parent, legal guardian, or supervising adult involvement that includes participating in a parent meeting and submitting documentation, in the form of a log or other means, demonstrating to the provider that a minimum of five hours of supervised home practice was conducted prior to the completion of the course. This supervised home practice is not counted as a part of the classroom, behind-the-wheel, and practice driving observation of the provider course.
Classroom & In-Car Dress Code
ODEC is committed to maintaining an appropriate climate in our classes. We are making every effort to be consistent in establishing an acceptable dress code. A dress code policy enables us to promote a safe and appropriate educational setting, which is free from unnecessary disruptions or outside influences.
Our main purpose is to assist students in presenting themselves in a manner that promotes a positive and productive educational environment, personal pride, and program success. Students' dress shall be modest, neat, clean, and in keeping with health, sanitary, and safety practices. To clearly establish this climate, the following are not acceptable:
- Any clothing, jewelry or buckles with gang symbols, nicknames, weapons, drug references, profanity or obscene language.
- Any clothing or items with racial put-downs, sexually demeaning pictures, words, numbers or sexual innuendo.
- Pants designed to sag below the hips will not be allowed. Pant legs must not drag on the ground and pant legs must be worn evenly.
- Belts are to be worn in the belt loops. No part of the belt should be hanging.
- That which compromises modesty. Immodest clothing such as halter tops, tube tops, muscle shirts, backless tops/dresses, see-through attire.
- Clothing that exposes inappropriate areas, including undergarments and midriffs, shall not be worn at school.
- Graffiti or gang-related symbols including gang nicknames, drawings or lettering on clothing, notebooks, backpacks or assignments.
- Chains such as security and dog chains.
- Jewelry items that attract attention and are disruptive to the learning process including spiked jewelry.
- Overalls with one or both straps unfastened.
- Full-length coats and rainwear inside the school.
- Stocking caps, hoods, scarves, hairnets, and bandanas.
- When driving, no flip-flops, high heels, or other footwear which may impair the ability of the driver to safely operate the vehicle.
Except as otherwise indicated by institutional providers, the full tuition is due no later than the first classroom session. The full tuition for a “Teen Basic” course covers both classroom and in-car instruction. In response to factors beyond our control, prices are subject to change without notice.
- NO IPOD’S, CELLPHONES AND/OR ANY OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES MAY BE USED IN THE CLASSROOM AND YOUR BEHIND THE WHEEL LESSON.
- Behind-the-wheel and observation will be conducted OUTSIDE of class time and must be completed within three months of the first day of class
Except as otherwise indicated by institutional providers:
- No refunds will be given after the first day of class.
- $25.00 drop fee
- If the class is cancelled, you will get a full refund of tuition and fees.
- All students must make a time commitment to both the classroom and driving instruction. Attendance is mandatory. Students failing to attend scheduled classroom and driving appointments will not receive a certificate or a refund.
*IMPORTANT! LICENSED DRIVERS, OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS, STUDENTS OVER 18 YEARS OLD AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THE REDUCED TUITION RATE
The Driver Education program was designed to meet the State of Oregon Department of Transportation requirements. To meet these requirements and qualify for State Certification a student must successfully complete 30 or more hours of classroom instruction and 12 or more hours of in-car instruction before their 18th birthday and prior to acquiring their license. All students must begin the classroom instruction before they can start the behind the wheel instruction. The Driver Education program is a self-supporting program. The cost of the program is shared by student tuition and state reimbursement. Licensed and out-of-state drivers do not qualify for reimbursement funds. Consequently, students not complying with these guidelines will be charged an additional $210. NO REFUNDS will be provided for students who turn 18 or acquire their license prior to completing the Driver Education program
Upon successful completion of both classroom and in-car instruction the student’s parent/legal guardian will be mailed a certificate of completion. Replacement certificates are available for a fee of $10.
Summary of Fees
- Obtaining a driver’s license prior to course completion: $210
- Failure to complete the course prior to turning 18: $210
In an effort to manage tuition and training rates for our valued customers, the following fees may be applied:
- If you cancel a Behind the Wheel (BTW) lesson with less than 72 hours notice you will be charged $55 to make up each lesson that was missed.
- If your student is a “No Show” for their BTW lesson you will be charged $110 to make up the missed lesson. A “No Show” is defined as any missed appointment scheduled by the student, parent, or guardian due to any of the following:
- Not showing up for the scheduled BTW lesson
- Canceling the lesson with less than four hours notice
- Arriving without the lawfully required instruction permit or license
- If a student is impaired for any reason, (Lack of sleep, medication, intoxication, etc.)
- Final Retake: $25
Code of Conduct
- All Participants dress shall be modest, neat, clean, and in keeping with health, sanitary and safety practices.
- All Participants shall treat all others with Respect and Dignity in all settings, at all times.
- All Participants shall report to the Class session and to the Behind the Wheel appointments on time and be prepared for the days activities.
- Conversations by all Participants will be limited to the learning material in-process. Intimate/Personal information will not be discussed.
- All Participants will adhere to all Policies and Rules of Oregon Driver Education Center, Inc., Facility providing classroom and the State of Oregon Rules of the Road under the Vehicle Code.
- All Participants will restrain themselves from using any form of profane, abusive, suggestive, explicit or derogatory language.
- Use of tobacco (smoking or chewing) is not permitted in classroom, facilities or vehicles.
- Zero Tolerance Policy applies to the following: Being under the influence of drugs, alcohol and/or controlled substances, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcohol and/or controlled substances is not allowed at any time.
- All Participants will be actively involved in the learning activities both in the classroom and in the vehicle.
Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct will result in one of the following actions to be taken:
- Suspension from Program
- Expulsion from Program.
Final determination of all actions to be taken will be made by authorized agents of ODEC.