Update on Driver Education
- As you may know, the driver education program consists of two components: (1)the classroom instruction, and (2) the behind the wheel driving.
- Driver education is extremely sensitive to disruptions. Even a bad stretch of weather can create backlogs. In the case of the pandemic, the driving portion of the class was suspended from March to July 2020.
- We resumed the classroom portion of the program with virtual instruction in May 2020, which ran through the summer of 2020. About 3,000 students completed their classes this way.
- However, driver education faces the same labor shortage as all fields. About 50 instructors for behind-the-wheel training returned when those classes resumed. That number is typically about 85. The shortage is exacerbated by a DMV decision not to resume the certification class for new instructors, which was also suspended in March 2020. JDS made several requests to obtain the authority to teach the instructor certification class virtually during the pandemic. DMV stated that all classes must be done face-to-face and no virtual option was allowed for commercial driving schools. We resumed face-to-face JDS instructor classes in summer 2021.
- The current backlog for driving instruction is now about 7-8 months.
- We decided to pause classroom instruction in September and October 2021 to reduce, though not eliminate, the growing back log for behind-the-wheel instruction. (It is worth noting that we don’t normally offer classroom instruction in January as many high school students are engaged in state testing and final exams. We will continue behind-the-wheel instruction in January.)
- We have explored contracting with other vendors to help with our backlog, but it is not feasible at this time since other smaller vendors are experiencing similar labor shortages with instructors. We will continue to work closely with Jordan Driving School to reduce the backlog as much as possible.
- Jordan Driving School has been informing parents about the back log when their students are assigned to a class. Meanwhile, we are working with Communications staff to develop a more comprehensive update to include some of the context above that can be posted on the JDS and school websites.
Who We Teach
Jordan Driving School teaches Driver Education safety to students who are between the ages of 14 ½ years old up to 18 years of age, and are actively enrolled in a public, private, charter, or licensed home schools within Wake County. Students who are 18 years old, but are still enrolled in high school may take Driver Education with Jordan Driving School, but will need to take additional steps to be able to participate in the behind the wheel portion of the program.
Age eligible students in Wake County who attend a middle school, private school, charter school or home school may sign up for any after school class at a public high school If their schedule permits; however, students MUST be able to arrive to class on time each day, no exceptions.
We do not provide any adult driver education courses or private for hire lessons.