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Distance Learning Program and Behind the Wheel Scheduling

Elite Driving School is now open for limited Behind the Wheel Scheduling

The state of MN has announced that Behind the Wheel instructions will be allowed to reopen Monday, May 18. We are currently scheduling our instructors back to work as they are available and training them on new Covid-18 safety procedures. Because we have a backlog of students wanting lessons we will need to prioritize who can reschedule first. Thank you for your patience as we respond to this situation.

Behind the Wheel Scheduling

We are currently only scheduling lessons for students who have a road test scheduled in May or June. Call us immediately at 612-584-8458 if you have a road test in that time frame, and then email us at info@elitedriversmn.com with your test confirmation from the state.

After we schedule the students who have a road test booked, we will next prioritize students who had a lesson cancelled. We have those students on a priority list and are currently calling them to reschedule. If you get a voice message from us be sure to call back ASAP or we will pass you over from your priority spot.

We expect to reopen our online scheduling system to all students sometime in June. Check our website regularly for updates on when general online scheduling will open.

Behind the Wheel Safety Protocols

We have adjusted the following business procedures to improve safety at this time:

  • We are scheduling 15 minutes between lessons to allow the instructor to sanitize surfaces in the vehicle between students.
  • Instructors will wear masks and sterile gloves during lessons.
  • We will drive with the windows open to create ventilation whenever weather permits.
  • Instructors will not teach if they have a fever, cough, any other potential Covid-19 symptoms, or any known exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
  • We are asking students to pay a $5 Covid-19 surcharge at each lesson (cash or check) to help cover the extra costs of our cleaning time and protective gear.

Students must follow the following safety protocols during lessons:

  • Students must wear a mask at all times. (Student must bring their own.)
  • Students must wear sterile gloves at all times. (student must bring their own.)
  • Students must cancel if they have a fever, cough, any other potential Covid-19 symptoms or any •known exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days. Their parent must take the student's temperature the morning of their lesson.
  • Be aware that you are taking a risk doing a Behind the Wheel lesson at this time even with these safety precautions in place. Elite Driving School is not responsible for any exposure to illness during a lesson. Thank you all for the kind words of encouragement and well wishes in this very difficult time.

Elite Driving School is now open for Distance Learning!

The State of MN decided to temporarily allow driver’s ed schools to offer classes by teleconference. This means you can now attend our classes from the comfort of your home using Google Meet video calls.

The classes will be taught by our licensed instructors. Classes will be live and interactive so you can ask questions and talk with the instructors just like you would during in-person classes. Also just like normal, we'll keep the instruction interesting using a variety of learning tools. You’ll download all of the learning materials for free.

Our classroom schedule will work like it normally does. It's super flexible. There are 10 numbered classes (each 3 hours long) that you can start at any time and take in any order and at your own pace. Get done in as quickly as two weeks, or spread them out at your convenience. (If you don't finish all of your classes during the time the governor is allowing distance learning, then you'll need to complete your remaining classes at our in-person classrooms.)

How to Sign Up for Distance Learning:

If you are already registered for classroom instruction with us, simply log in to your portal on our website and choose the dates you plan to attend classes, just like you normally would. Then we'll email you instructions to log in to the video calls as access the free learning materials.

If you are new to Elite Driving School, please click "Register Now" to sign up for our "Classroom & Behind the Wheel" or "Classroom Only" packages. Then while you are logged into your portal you can choose the dates you plan to attend class (and you can log in anytime to change or add dates). Then we'll email you instructions to log in to the video calls and access the free learning materials.

Please be aware that the opportunity to attend classes through distance learning is temporary. Once the governor's order to close schools is lifted, please assume that you will need to complete any remaining classes in person at our Richfield or Minneapolis classroom locations. We are hoping we'll be allowed to teach online through the summer but we do not have a final confirmation on that policy.