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A Covid 19 Update - Sep. 21

 

Update - September 20th, 2020

To all students and clients: Amid the concerns around the Corona virus, Progressive Driving School would like to provide you with the latest update on our response and commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our employees and students.

OFFICE: Our office re-opened on a part time basis to answer calls and emails. The office is closed to walk-ins because of current safety concerns for the foreseeable future.

IN-VEHICLE TRAINING: Has restarted but we are currently training *FULL COURSE students only.

*FULL COURSE MEANING: students who have enrolled in one of our monthly courses and commit to a minimum of 10 hours in-car training and 20 hours of in-classroom training

Restarting in-vehicle lessons: we will accommodate and prioritize our full-course students only.
These are clients who were in the following categories:                                              

  • First: Students finishing off lessons from previous courses.                                          
  • Second: Students in the middle of lessons from previous courses.
  • Third: Students about to start the in-car program from the March / May courses, before the Covid-19 shut down.

Over a period of time we will do our best to get students safely completed, registered with the M.T.O. and road test prepared, so I ask all students / parents, to be please be patient during this complex situation and everyone will be processed in priority.  

In-vehicle only driving:

  • At this time we are not taking on clients who only wish to take in car driving only (no classroom) and be trained for their road test.
  • Also we are not renting our vehicles for the road test because of third party involvement (DriveTest).                                                                                                           
  • To resume lessons:  Before you commit to a lesson we ask that you abide by the general health guidelines.

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  • When we restart conducting in-car driving lessons, things will not be the same as before. While we must be sensible in trying to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID19 virus, we must also be cautious in decreasing the possibility of a second wave.
  • It is going to be exceedingly difficult to practice social distancing when conducting in-vehicle driving lessons, considering that it is difficult to keep a minimum of 2 meters or more between the student driver and the instructor in a vehicle that makes up a closed-in environment.

 

  • With this in mind, Progressive Driving School has assembled a list of health practices to protect students, instructors, offices and any third party involved in driver training (road tests).
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  • As a business we also have to consider the liability issues for conducting lessons during the current pandemic.
  • Communication with Instructors / Students: Students and instructors should always keep connected with each other during this time for advice on any driving skills requiring practice.
  • I strongly suggest all students to get as much on-road practice at home. It is particularly important for parents/guardians (the co-driver) to initiate as much ‘seat time’ as possible. With this in mind we have put together a page on our website under 'Co-Driver Tip to assist with this process.   

CLASSROOM: Our in-classroom facilities will be re-opening for full course students for our NOVEMBER COURSE.

 

All classroom courses will be limited Enrollment

 

If a student is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must stay home from attending our classroom and should seek testing and appropriate medical attention

Appropriate hand hygiene is one of the most important protective strategies. Appropriate hand hygiene, including the use of alcohol-based hand rub, will be supplied, and reinforced.

Students attending will be required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors at all times while in the building.

 Thank you and keep safe.

Peter Keddie
Course Director
Progressive Driving School Inc.
Office: 807-343-9291
email: driving@tbaytel.net
web:www.progressivedriving.ca

  

  • The Ministry of Transportation are extending validation periods for driver, vehicle products that would have otherwise expired on or after March 1, 2020 until further notice. For more information, please visit ontario.ca/extended validity.
  • They are also extending the one-year completion requirement for beginner driver education students where without the extension, the course could not be completed on time.