Who Runs Your School’s DTSE Program?
Schools, Colleges and BOCES who have an approved DTSE program are the ones “running the program”. There has been a large issue with parents and students calling State Ed stating that they called a school with an approved program and were told that the “Driving school runs the program.” This would be illegal, and is quite disconcerting. When the paperwork comes into the DTSE office, there is an administrator listed – along with their signature claiming ownership of the DTSE program. Driving schools are NOT to run any program.
There is a distinct reason why students must attend a State approved DTSE program located at a school, college or BOCES – Driving schools are not allowed/qualified to provide Driver Education to students. They can provide lessons or a 5-hour course, but the Driver Education program can only be provided by an established school, college or BOCES. Schools must take ownership of its programs. Please make sure that all faculty and staff are on the same page with program ownership – as it is confusing to parents and students alike. No one calling about a DTSE program should be told that the driving school runs the program. No parents should be directed to call the driving school, either. Parents and students are to call the approved school and the school should be calling the driving school if there are questions or issues.
Reminder DTSE Guidelines
With the annual DTSE conference behind us, it was brought up that many administrators and teachers are unaware of where to find the DTSE guidelines. If you haven’t already, please look over the guidelines. They are the backbone of all DTSE programs throughout NY state. These guidelines should be read and followed at all times. For any questions or comments, please feel free to reply to this email or call (518) 486-1547.
DTSE guidelines can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/de/DTSEGuidelines.html
They are also found on the nysdtsea.org website.
SUNY Broome’s Parent Role Modeling
This is an amazing resource I heard about at the NYSDTSEA conference on March 3rd. Take a look and please feel free to use the information when having a Parent meeting of your own. For those schools out there that don’t already have a Parent meeting, please consider doing so. As educators, we only have those students for a certain period of time – the rest is with their parents. If we all work together, hopefully the outcome can be even better and richer.
You can access the information at this link. http://bcc-drivered.weebly.com/parents---role-modeling.html
Reminder 5-Hour Course Materials
Many were inquiring about where to find the 5-hour course materials online. These materials are accessible and should be used whenever necessary. By clicking the link below, you can access the 5-hour course materials as well as many other curriculum areas that you can use for your classes, students and parents.
Teens in the Driver Seat – May 22, 2018 (9a-1p)
This program will be held at the conference center at Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Regional Support Center; Newark, NY). There will be speakers, programs and resources for your DTSE program. Join us this May for a wealth of information and demonstrations of free driver safety programs available to your school’s driver education classes. Speakers as well as indoor and outdoor displays will be on hand including (but not limited to):
- The Amy Stockton Car Display -Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee speaker Jacy Good -“Fatal Vision” goggle demo
-Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Display -“Rollover Simulator” and “Seat Belt Convincer” -“Truth and Consequences” program
For more information, or to register please contact Donna.Schaertl@wflboces.org (315-332-7255) orMelissa.Stuart@wflboces.org (315-332.7314)
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
2018 National Distracted Driving Enforcement
April 12-16, 2018
In recognition of April's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA has planned a number of activities. We are also kicking off its national highly visible enforcement campaign for distracted driving: U Drive. U Text. U Pay., which is supported by English and Spanish language television, radio, and digital advertising.
NHTSA has also developed a robust social media strategy designed to raise public awareness about the consequences of texting and driving. The focus is on the idea that "If you're texting, you're not driving." We anticipate that this message will engage the target audience of men and women 18-34 (slightly skewed toward women) with creative and persuasive messaging on NHTSA social media channels and their media partners.
Paid advertising will run April 9-16, 2018.
2018 campaign materials
2018 PEAK Enforcement Kit
More 2018 materials available soon.
For more information:
Driver & Traffic Safety Education
Career & Technical Education Team
89 Washington Avenue, Room 315EB
Albany, NY 12234