Behind the Wheel Scheduling Changes (Summer 2022)
Due to the impact of the pandemic, our Behind the Wheel scheduling is working a little differently than normal right now. Driving schools (like most industries) are experiencing a labor shortage and we are working to catch up.
Please be prepared that we will prioritize lessons for students who have a road test scheduled. If your student does not have a road test scheduled, they might need to wait to begin their lessons until they have a test scheduled.
To ensure you can finish your lessons before your road test, you must:
We know this process is not ideal, but we assure you that if you notify us of your road test with at least two month's notice, we will be able to complete your lessons before your test. Pre-covid, our students could schedule all of their lessons online and spread them out across the 6-12 months before their road test. That system was ideal and we look forward to returning to that system as soon as possible. But for now we must ask everyone to be patient as we prioritize our lessons for students who have road tests coming up.
How to schedule your lessons:
Why Do We Have to Wait for Lessons?
We understand it is inconvenient and frustrating to have to wait to schedule your lessons. We are working on hiring and certifying new instructors as quickly as possible, but this is a challenging time to hire. And it often takes 4-6 weeks to get a new instructor licensed in the state of MN. It's great that MN instructors are well vetted and trained, but it doesn’t allow us to adapt quickly during this crisis.
Please Be Kind to Our Staff (And All Small Businesses) During this High Stress Time
We understand that this has been a very difficult couple of years for everyone, and it might seem like the impacts of Covid should be behind us. But this pandemic hit our industry very hard and it will take a while to return to business as usual.
We are so grateful to many of you who have sent us messages of support and empathy as we work to schedule your students for lessons. Your kind words really lift our spirits! And we are very grateful to our staff members who have risked their lives to continue teaching because they care about your students. Please know that we take this work very seriously and we care about you and your students. We have lost countless hours of sleep trying to adjust to all of the changes in our industry during this crisis. We understand that not everyone will agree with our decisions. If you disagree with our approach, please contact us in a respectful manner and we will be happy to discuss your needs. This has been an exhausting time for small businesses and we ask you to give us your grace and understanding as we work to get through this together. We are pleased to share that despite the unexpected hurdles of the last year, we are on the road back toward “normal”, we just aren’t quite there yet.
Behind the Wheel Safety Protocols
We have adjusted the following business procedures to improve safety at this time:
Students must follow the following safety protocols during lessons:
Elite Driving School Online Classes
The State of MN is temporarily allowing driver’s ed schools to offer classes virtually. In June 2022 we will offer most of our morning classes online using Google Classroom and Google Meet. Our afternoon classes will be in person at our Richfield classroom. See our classroom schedule for upcoming options.
(Starting in July 2022, the State of MN plans to require that all classes shift to in person. There is a chance that this policy will be reversed. We are waiting to hear if we can continue to hold some classes virtually. If you do not complete your classes in June, you might need to finish in person in our Richfield classroom.)