Driver Education

General Information

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DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS AS MANDATED BY GOV. COOPER, ALL SPRING SESSION 2 DRIVER EDUCATION CLASSES SCHEDULED TO BEGIN MARCH 16TH OR MARCH 17TH (EARLY COLLEGES) AND MARCH 23RD OR MARCH 24TH (TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS) HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  

PLEASE CHECK THIS SITE PERIODICALLY FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING RESCHEDULED DATES FOR SPRING SESSION 2 CLASSES.

 

Driver and Traffic Safety Education involves all those learning experiences provided for the purpose of helping students learn to use motor vehicles safely, efficiently, and effectively. This objective is achieved through sequences of interrelated experiences involving both Classroom (Phase 1)  and Behind-the-Wheel (Phase 2) instruction.  NC Law requires 30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction for all students under the age of 18.  Students who are 18 years or older are not required to complete driver education.  They may apply for a learner’s permit or driver license at any DMV office.

Cumberland County Schools offer driver education classes six times during the school year at all traditional high schools.  Two sessions of classes are offered during the Fall and Spring and two sessions are offered during the Summer.  Driver Education classes at the early colleges (CCEC, CIEC & CPHS) and the classical schools (MHCHS & RRCHS) are offered once during the Fall and once during the Spring, provided there is sufficient enrollment.

Fall and Spring session classes are held two (2) hours immediately after the regular school day, three days a week (Mon/Tues/Wed or Tues/Wed/Thurs).  Summer session classes are held three (3) hours a day from 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Monday – Thursday. Check the “Fall and Spring Information & Dates” and the “Summer Information & Dates” links to find out when the classroom phase will be offered for the coming school year.

The 6 hours of the practical or behind-the-wheel phase is offered after the classroom phase of the course is completed.  Behind-the-wheel sessions are held after school hours Monday through Saturday during the school year and Monday through Friday during the summer.  There could be up to a 4-month waiting period between Phase 1 (classroom instruction) and Phase 2 (behind-the-wheel instruction).

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Published by Shelia Williams on February 26, 2020
        

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