Dear Parent(s)/Guardian,

    By now most of you have heard the great news that NYS Education and the NYSDMV have finally approved virtual learning. There are, however, many facets to this directive, so please read this in its entirety. 

    First, here is an excerpt of the directive as written:
    Recommendations for Schools “Because of the flexibilities allowed to schools and districts for scheduling in-person instruction in the 2020-2021 school year, NYSED, in consultation with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV), has determined that the 24 hours of DTSE program classroom instruction may be completed virtually….For the 24 hours of laboratory (in-vehicle) portion of instruction, due to the COVID-19 crisis, programs that began in Spring 2020 or programs that will begin in Fall 2020 or thereafter will now have the option of allowing students to complete the 24 hours of in-vehicle instruction under the supervision of a parent/guardian holding a valid NY State Driver’s License…..The student’s school must provide the parent/guardian with specific and detailed information regarding the 24 hours of in-vehicle instruction, observation and applied practice that the parent/guardian will deliver. Upon completion of this instruction, the parent/guardian must document and attest to the student’s school that the student has received the 24 hours of combined in-vehicle instruction, observation and applied practice.”


    The link for the registration form for the Spring 2021 Program is below. Students will choose to take the course on the days that they are home (2 hours per week) 6:30-7:30 am or 2:30-3:30 pm (any conflicts will be resolved by birthdate order). A maximum number of 156 students will be accepted in birthdate order (oldest seniors, then juniors). It is impossible to predict the cutoff. There will be NO exceptions. Emails through infinite campus messenger will be sent out prior to the start of classes with the class codes! 

    The “Certification of Parental Supervision Hours” and 'Driving logs" will be distributed once the course begins.  Certificate of Completions (MV285) will be distributed when the course ends (TBA).


    Registration for Spring 2021 is for students who are already 17 or turning 17 in the next couple of months (the cutoff is extremely difficult to predict).  The program will run for about 12 weeks and begging the first day back after February break. There will be a videotaped parent meeting once the program gets under way (date and time TBA).   For more information you can contact Mr. Faber (rfaber@syossetschools.org or 516-364-5734).


    The link for registration ends at 2:00pm on Friday December 11

    Registration for SUMMER 2021 will be announced through the Summer School Program. 


    You may have also heard that the Permit Test has very LONG delays (months away). It is highly recommended that your child obtains a learner permit ASAP! Try to schedule the test now to take it on or as close as possible after they turn 16.  The 24 hours of supervised driving begins as soon as class starts. Without a permit your child will be at a disadvantage and it will be very difficult to get the 24 hours in. 

    Here is the link ONLY for the SPRIG 2021 registration: https://forms.gle/nZpN145qssdhCmv98

    If you have any trouble registering contact Mr. Faber ASAP before registration ends!


    Thank you,
    Richard A. Faber
    Driver Education Coordinator
    Syosset Senior High School