COVID-19

Written by Kristen Geissler


Parents and Students, In accordance with the guidance of the Minnesota Dept. of Public Safety (see below), I will not offer Driver's Education classroom until Northfield Students are back in school. I will, however, continue with Behind the Wheel services. My car will be thoroughly sanitized between each student. Parents, if you are uncomfortable with continuing your appointments, there is no charge for cancellation/postponement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Kris, 952-200-9984

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Driver and Vehicle Services

445 Minnesota Street • Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-5176

Phone: 651.297.3298 • Fax: 651.296.5316 • TTY: 651.282.6555

dvs.dps.mn.gov

 

To all Driver Education Programs:

 

There have been many questions about the COVID-19 situation.  What that means for your school, and what you can and cannot do for driver education. 

 

Classroom Instruction:

For schools considering e-learning or on-line for students in driver education, that is unfortunately not an option.  There were no exemptions to Minnesota Rule 7411 for situations like the COVID-19 or even snow days.  That is why driver education will continue to be prohibited for on-line training to those under the age of 18.  That includes e-learning, Skype or any other methods where the child is not in a classroom setting with an instructor.

 

Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Question about behind the wheel instruction, and if the program is still allowed to offer behind the wheel during the public school closures.  It is recommended that this question be directed to your school administration.  This may be a situation that is dependent on each individual school district.

 

Commercial driving schools can choose if they want to close, delay lessons or remain open during this period.  That is up to each individual school owner.  Make sure to follow proper cleaning procedures in the classroom and behind the wheel.

 

Finally, road testing services will cease from Wednesday, March 18 until Friday, March 27, 2020.  Knowledge testing will be available at 28 exam locations starting March 18, 2020, and the 14 exam locations that accept applications will have those services available. Precautions at the exam stations include spacing customers out on test machines and fewer people in the waiting areas to follow social spacing. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 

 

Dustin Lacina

Driver Education Coordinator

Driver and Vehicle Services

445 Minnesota Street, Suite 176

St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-201-7625

Fax: 651-296-5316

 

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