Classroom instruction in driver education is required of all sophomores.  Instruction includes theoretical aspects of safe driving practices, passenger safety, driver attitudes and personalities, insurance, adverse weather conditions, and risk management.  In addition the aspects of owning, maintaining and operating a motor vehicle responsibly are discussed and evaluated.  The consequences of poor decision making and the dangers of using alcohol and other drugs while operating a motor vehicle are analyzed.  Units on HIV/AIDS, steroids, preventing violence, preventing injuries, first aid, public health agency resources,  managing stress and making healthy choices are also included.

    No tool(s), instrument(s) or equipment (compasses, knives, scissors, bats) used in the instructional process of this course may be removed from the classroom/lab/shop/gym without the express permission of the teacher in charge.

    Each student at the end of the course will be able to:
    1.    Distinguish why driving is a privilege and not a right.
    2.    Recognize the responsibilities that accompany the driving privilege.    
    3.    Interpret signs, signals and pavement markings for safer driving practices.
    4.    Recognize the severity of the traffic accident problems and how to compensate for them.
    5.    Recognize safe driving practices among the current driving population.
    6.    Assess different driving attitudes and how they may affect driving ability.
    7.    Identify proper light maintenance practices for a motor vehicle.
    8.    Summarize an article on:
                a.  Traffic accident problems   or  b.  Drinking and driving  
    9.    Realize the variety of occupational opportunities related to motor vehicle usage (i.e. vehicle manufacturing, sales and service, law enforcement, insurance education, etc).    
    10.    Explain how, and by whom, the highway transportation system is regulated.
    11.    Define and explain the steps of the defensive driving strategies, such as the SIPDE process and the Smith System.
    12.    Describe the advantages to be gained from a driver education course.
    13.    Assess different driving attitudes, emotions and behaviors and discuss how they may affect driving ability.
    14.    Explain how to compensate for such vision problems as poor depth perception, color blindness and night blindness.
    15.    Explain the ways that short and long-term disabilities may affect driving.
    16.    Explain how alcohol affects driving and reasoning ability.
    17.    Learn about the laws and penalties for driving under the influence (i.e. drugs and alcohol.)
    18.    Identify the procedures that are regulated by state administrative laws (ie. driver points and surcharges).
    19.    Describe and analyze the basic operating procedures for  manual transmission and automatic  transmission  vehicles.
    20.    Describe the basic procedures for parking a vehicle  on hills and entering and exiting the curb.
    21.    Describe the procedure for passing another vehicle and how to make a proper lane change.
    22.    Describe how to prepare and execute the two basic turnabouts (i.e. k-turn and u-turn).
    23.    List the ways to manage visibility, time and space when driving in the city and on rural roads.
    24.    Explain how to drive safely in adverse weather conditions (ie. low light, sun glare, etc.).
    25.    Describe how to share the roadway with other users (ie. pedestrians, cyclists, etc.).

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    26.    Describe the natural laws of inertia, friction, momentum, kinetic energy and gravity, and explain each ones relationship to driving.
    27.    Analyze several considerations for selecting and buying a vehicle.
    28.    Describe and analyze the components of basic automobile insurance required by the state.
    29.    Explain the basic maintenance procedures to maintain safe performance of the vehicle.
    30.    Describe and explain how a driver would prepare themselves physically and mentally for short and long trips.
    31.    Understand the causes and effects of stress and utilize effective coping strategies to manage stress.
    32.    Understand the aging and grieving process.
    33.    Recognize that death and funeral situations require professional services and analyze the costs and available resources.
    34.    Recognize the increased incidence of violence in our society and become cognizant of effective ways to deal with violence and prevent it.
    35.    Analyze the influence of the media on risk types of behavior, the choice and use of drugs and the incidence of injuries and violent behaviors.
    36.    Discuss chemical substances according to their uses, actions, and effects on the body.
    37.    Analyze the dangers of misuse of medicines,prescription, and non-prescription, and how drugs can destroy the users life and affect those around them.
    38.    Discuss the benefits of group therapies such as Alanon and Alateen.   
    39.    Understand the danger of HIV and AIDS and identify the means of transmission, symptoms, treatment and effects of the disease.  
    40.    Understand the dangers of steroid use.
    41.    Analyze several basic first aid guidelines and procedures when involved in a motor vehicle accident.
    42.    List the items that should be in a first aid kit as well as other safety items the vehicle should be equipped with.
    43.    Explore the various career opportunities specifically related to skills being developed in the driver education and health programs.


    Tests/Quizzes (written, oral, practical).....................................50%
    Long Term Assignments/Projects............................................20%
    Class Participation/Attendance................................................10%

    Final Exam grade equals 1/9 of the final course average.  

    Notebooks and assignments are due on the date assigned.  Any late notebooks or assignments will receive a maximum of half credit unless the student has an excused absence(s).  It is the students responsibility to recopy a lost notebook.  No photocopies or another students notebook will be accepted.

    Incomplete Grades:   
    Incomplete mid-term and final grades MUST be made-up within two weeks after the marking period ends.

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    The long range goal of Driver Education is to eliminate all traffic accidents.  The short range goal is to provide each student with the necessary knowledge base to build a positive attitude  toward the driving experience.

    The long range goal of Health 10 Education is to address health related concerns of the student.  The short range goals are to provide each student with the necessary knowledge base to build positive attitudes toward healthy living and to adapt healthful practices and behaviors to prolong ones life.

        1.      It is the students' responsibility to get work or assignments that are missed on the first day back from an absence
        2.       Class cuts on the day of a test will result in a zero averaged in with the make-up test grade.  All cuts will be recorded and additional written assignments will be given.
        3.      This is a one semester course.  If a students  cumulative absences reach 7 in this course, the student will receive no credit and will be required to repeat the course.
        4.      Tardiness will affect a students class participation grade.  If a student is going to be late for class,  he/she must secure a pass.  Otherwise, the tardiness is unexcused.
        5.      Appropriate conduct in class is imperative.  The following guidelines should be adhered to while in class.
    a.  Driver Education/Health 10  should receive top priority. A student cannot leave this class to make-up work in another.
                    b.  Respect for self, others and school property should be shown.
              6.    Completion of all course requirements is expected.

            Students cannot and will not be issued their State Driving Test Card from the High School Main Office until they have passed the written State Driving Examination with a grade of 80% or higher and have passed the Health 10 and Driver Education course.  The State Driver Examination will be included as part of the Grade 10 Health and Driver Education final exam which is given at the end of the semester.  Students who have met the stated criteria and want their State Driving Test Cards must notify the main office at least three school days in advance of taking driving lessons (at age 16) or applying for a driving permit (at age 17).