In-person Driver’s Education classes approved to resume Aug. 1Posted on Jul 9, 2020 in Highways News, Main, News
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) has authorized Driver’s Education instructors to resume in-person classes and behind-the-wheel training as part of the State’s Graduated Licensing Program on Aug. 1, 2020. Instructors may teach classes in-person, virtually, or by using a combination of these methods.
HDOT has provided Driver’s Education instructors with the following guidelines on in-person classes:
- Instructors must follow CDC guidelines for small in-person classes including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, use of cloth face coverings, and posting of signs to promote protective measures
- Class size is limited to 10 people per class
- Waivers/Liability forms must be signed by the student or guardian prior to participation in class
- Students and guardians must be educated NOT to attend classes if they are sick. Instructors should also ask students and guardians screening questions prior to participation in class
- All class participants (instructor and students) must wear non-medical grade face masks or face shields if a medical condition prevents the use of a face covering
- Pre-class non-contact temperature checks are recommended
- High-touch points within the classroom should be sanitized per CDC guidance
- Instructors are to provide hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes or have students bring their own sanitizers
- All class participants are encouraged to frequently wash their hands for at least 20 seconds
- Instructors should space classroom seating at least 6-feet apart
- Classes are NOT to be more than 5 hours in duration
- The 30 hours of classroom instruction must be spaced out over a 6-week period
- The 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training can be taught concurrently or after classroom instruction
HDOT Highway Safety staff will maintain copies of instructor records such as waivers, student logs, and schedules.
Behind-the-wheel training by Driver’s Education instructors is also permitted to resume for instructors with approved COVID safety plans. Instructors are encouraged to follow CDC guidance for drivers-for-hire to the extent practicable.
The traveling public is reminded that behind-the-wheel road tests are administered by their respective county and that availability of appointments varies. Contacts for the county driver’s licensing offices are:
Maui County – https://www.mauicounty.gov/2125/DMV-Wait-Times
HDOT appreciates the cooperation of driver’s education instructors in reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and encourages the public to stay informed through local media and through official websites such as https://hidot.hawaii.gov/ and https://hawaiicovid19.com/