Welcome to the Gersh Driver Education Program
GERSH DRIVER EDUCATION COVID-19 UPDATES
SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
DRIVER EDUCATION IS ONCE AGAIN ALLOWED TO CONTINUE!!!
ALL CLASSES WILL BE VIRTUAL (LIVE) AND THE IN-CAR INSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE PARENTS. A CHECKLIST WILL BE SENT FOR THE PARENTS TO FOLLOW.
CLASSES START AS FOLLOWS:
FRIDAY-9/11, SATURDAY 9/12, SUNDAY-9/13, M/W 9/14 AND T/T 9/14.
INFORMATION WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO GET TO THE VIRTUAL CLASSES WILL BE EMAILED THIS WEEK
August 31, 2020
First, I would very much like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while we all continue to navigate around the Pandemic.
As you all know, we have been given the go-a-ahead to conduct our classes virtually and we all got excited, especially me. This, however, has produced issues with not only our registration process, but getting the teachers properly trained on the virtual platform. Revamping the registration process as well as giving the teachers time to adequately learn the new processes and procedures will allow for a smooth transition of information between the teachers, the students and the office. I'm sure you can understand and appreciate the due diligence needed.
In order to do this correctly, I unfortunately must push-back the M/W, T/T and Friday start dates again. Please do not panic, since it is now virtual, extra assignments will be given to make up for the original dates not used leaving the end dates as they are.
I know this is another bump in the road, but one that is easily fixed.
Friday September 11th
Saturday September 12th
Sunday September 13th
M/W September 14th
T/T September 15th
At this time, we ask that you kindly refrain from sending any emails or calling, to request any changes until we have completed our system changes. We expect this to be finalized by Tuesday 9/8.
Joel B. Geller
Gersh Driver Education
August 27, 2020
By now most of you have heard the great news that NYS Education and the NYSDMV have finally approved virtual learning. There are, however, many facets to this directive, so please read this it in its entirety. There will be another email next week that will include specific information mentioned in this correspondence.
First, here is an excerpt of the directive as written: Recommendations for Schools "Because of the flexibilities allowed to schools and districts for scheduling in-person instruction in the 2020-2021 school year, NYSED, in consultation with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV), has determined that the 24 hours of DTSE program classroom instruction may be completed virtually….For the 24 hours of laboratory (in-vehicle) portion of instruction, due to the COVID-19 crisis, programs that began in Spring 2020 or programs that will begin in Fall 2020 or thereafter will now have the option of allowing students to complete the 24 hours of in-vehicle instruction under the supervision of a parent/guardian holding a valid NY State Driver's License…..The student's school must provide the parent/guardian with specific and detailed information regarding the 24 hours of in-vehicle instruction, observation and applied practice that the parent/guardian will deliver. Upon completion of this instruction, the parent/guardian must document and attest to the student's school that the student has received the 24 hours of combined in-vehicle instruction, observation and applied practice."
Virtual classes will start on the same start dates as if it was in person for the program. They are still listed on the website for your reference. Please remember that the M/W, T/T and Friday classes have been pushed back. Once again, the new start dates for T/T is Tuesday, Sept. 8th, M/W starts is Wednesday Sept. 9th and Friday Sept. 11th. Then, Saturday on the 12th and Sunday the 13th. Also, as a reminder, all students that had to stop in April due to COVID-19 will pick up where they left off. They will NOT be starting all over again.
We may be able to add spots since we are doing virtual. Even though we will be doing virtual, I am still required to stay at the cap of 36 students per class. The student rosters are being reconfigured, so we know how many can be added.
Each student will be required to be at their computers at the same time they would have been as if classes were in person. For example: if the student is registered for the T/T class from 3:30-6:30 and would have been in the car from 3:30-5:00 and then the classroom from 5:00-6:30, they will now need to in front of their computer from 5:00-6:30. An email will be sent next week to confirm the students class time. The instructors will still teach the required information, just a little differently. Instructors will still give the students homework and projects to do. Students will be responsible to send their email address to their instructor so the virtual class can be set up and confirmed. The teacher email addresses will be sent next week via email.
For the driving, parents/guardians will now supervise the in-car instruction and observation. We are creating a checklist for the parents to use. The students are required to complete all areas of training until 24 hours has been met. It will then be returned to our office for review. Once it has been reviewed and accepted, and the student has completed and passed the virtual class, only then, will they receive the MV-285 certificate of completion. Please know that if your child has already taken the road test and passed, you are still required to complete the actions outlined in the checklist.
Since we will not be providing the in-car instruction, the tuition will be adjusted. This amount will vary based on when the student started and how many classes were already completed. Some people will get reimbursed if they have already paid in full, while others will just pay a different amount. This will apply to all students. The tuition pricing/refunds will be emailed once completed. Any balances currently not paid may wait until the adjustments are calculated.
Next week, the following will be sent out: In-car parent check list, Teacher's name with their email and the times the students are to be at their computers.
Please go into your account and make sure all information was entered correctly and the students permit number is entered. Please remember, that the MV-285 when printed, will pull the information directly from the system
For any questions or concerns, we ask that you kindly send an email.
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
Stay safe and stay positive.
Joel B. Geller Executive Director Gersh Driver Education
August 21, 2020
I hope you and your families are well as we all continue to navigate through 2020. With the pandemic and the hurricane, we are all trying to move forward with our lives and regain some sort of a sense of normalcy, even though there are still so many uncertainties.
When the Governor said we can go back to school, I intended on going back to school and I assumed State Education and DMV were on board. As it is with the rest of NY State, the lack of communication from NYS Ed. and DMV is always vigilant.
I have been trying to get straight answers since April and have only received, "we know, and we are working it" or "it's in the pipeline and coming soon". This is beyond frustrating not only for us but for the parents as well. I have constantly inquired about virtual learning. There is no reason why we can't, when schools are and especially when the 5-hour pre-licensing course is. There is also no directive from DMV as to how many students can be put in a car.
So, at this, I must unfortunately push back the start of the M/W, T/T and Friday classes allowing more time for the state agencies to get me the answers I need to proceed with the program. As of now, this does not affect the Saturday and Sunday programs.
The below are the new start dates.
(T/T-September 8th, M/W-September 9th and Friday-September 10th) There has been do decision yet as to when another day will be added to the program to make up for the push back.
Balances that have not been paid can now wait until next Friday, September 28th.
As soon as I have any new information about the Fall program, I will immediately communicate it with everyone. As always, the information will not only be emailed, but posted on the website as well as FB.
If you would like to reach out to State Ed. to voice your concerns, the email is EMSCDRVED@nysed.gov and the phone number is (518) 486-1547.
Thank you, and, as always, thank you for your patience and understanding.
Joel B. Geller
Online Instruction Update
Per the Governor, the online instruction is only for driving schools not driver education.
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that DMV licensed driving schools can now conduct distance learning Pre-Licensing Courses. Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, driving schools across the state have been unable to offer the Pre-Licensing Course - also known as the five-hour course - to students."
Please see the below link for more detailed information.
I am still waiting on NYS Education for direction on how to proceed.
Again, as soon as I know more, I will communicate.
July 29, 2020
As the Governor has just made a statement regarding driving schools, this does not apply to Drivers Ed. It is my understanding that it is only for driving schools. The 5 hour pre-licensing course and 6 hour defensive driving course.
I am waiting on clarification from NYS Education.
As soon as I have confirmation, I will communicate it to everyone.
We ask that you kindly not call the office of email regarding this.
Again, thank you so much for your understanding and patience.
May 29, 2020
At this time, I must officially cancel our summer session. Governor Cuomo has stated that there will be NO face-to-face summer school. Since we are under the umbrella of NYS Education (as we are considered education), we must adhere to the same directives.
The below was taken from the Governor's site for COVID-19 related to directives on opening the state:
Phase Four: The final phase, will allow schools, and arts, entertainment, and recreation businesses to reopen - including theaters, movie theaters, and other entertainment venues, as well as museums and other artistic institutions. (No matter what, schools will remain closed in the state for the remainder of the current academic year.)
I, as well as many of my colleagues in other programs, have sent numerous emails to NYS Education requesting that they, along with the DMV, reconsider online instruction based on the new directives from the Governor's office. I am sad to say they will not reconsider. There is a petition on the Gersh Driver's Education Facebook page that you can sign if you would like. Please understand that this completely out of my hands. They are a State entity, and we are subject to and held to their regulations. I sympathize with your frustrations, I am frustrated as well, but this is completely out of my hands. Please understand that all regulations and guidelines set forth by NYS Education and DMV are completely out of my hands.
If you would like to email the Driver Education Department under NYS Education directly, their email address is EMSCDRVER@nysed.gov.
You will have the opportunity to move to the Fall and the below will be the cadence in doing so. The calendar of dates and times for each location are included in this email.
Phase 1 moves: Phase 1 is for all Spring students that have already started. This is for the "A" session and weekend students only. Please keep in mind that it is still first-come-first-served as many students will not be able to participate in the same day and time they originally signed up for. All students will start at the beginning of the session, NOT at the beginning of the curriculum. They will just be starting on the first day of the new session and will not lose any time already completed. This, along with using makeup days, will allow your child to finish more quickly. As before, you can just use makeup days if you would like. At this time, I do not know what dates and times will be available for makeups until I speak to my partner companies (Driving Schools) and verify how many additional cars I can use. I am additionally waiting to verify additional classroom sessions that need to be scheduled by the lecture teachers. The deadline before I start Phase 2 (students that have not started the program yet) will be June 12th.
If you have already moved to the Fall session, please disregard this notification.
Phase 2 moves: This will be for all students that have not started a program yet. Phase 2 will open for moves on June 13th and the deadline for this phase will be June 26th. On June 27th, the Fall will open to the general public. The guidelines are the same as states in Phase 1.
All requests will be completed in the order they are received. I do not doubt that there will still be some bumps and hurdles to overcome. We will all face them head-on and make changes and adjustments where and when we can. Finally, if you are in Phase 2, I kindly ask not to send an email until your phase opens on June 26th.
With over 600 students this will make it easier to facilitate all requests quicker, and more efficiently, giving each student in phase 1 the proper consideration. This is the only fair way, as they have already started.
As there are still so many uncertainties and unknowns, I will communicate any changes or additions received from NYS Education or DMV as soon as I am able.
I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we ALL continue to get back any sense of normalcy.
As always, I thank you for your patience and understanding.
Very truly yours,
Joel B. Geller
May 21, 2020
Unfortunately, everything is on hold right now as Governor Cuomo said there will be no face to face classes for summer school. We are currently waiting on new directives from NYS Education and NYDMV as to how we can proceed. As soon as we know more, we will be sending emails.
Thank you again for your patience and understanding
May 18, 2020
DO TO THE CURRENT UNKNOWN SITUATION WITH COVID-19, WE MUST DELAY THE OPENING OF OUR FALL REGISTRATION. WE WILL POST ANY NEW INFORMATION AS WE GET IT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING.
PLEASE STAY SAFE AND STAY POSITIVE!!
April 22, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this complicated situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). Gersh Driver Education is taking all precautions so stop the spread and want all our students and their families to stay safe.
We are receiving many questions regarding online instruction.
NY State Department of Education and the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles explicitly prohibits online instruction until 18 hours (75%) of the program has already been completed in the actual classroom.
The following is the exact directive from NYSE and DMV: "The online learning option is only available to those students that completed 75% (18 hours) or more of their coursework prior to school closures. Students with less than 18 hours completed prior to closure cannot utilize online learning. This guidance was developed in coordination with NYS DMV with consideration for student safety and the safety of all drivers in New York State."
Gersh Driver Education cannot speak as to what other programs are doing in other districts. Please understand, that NO student in ANY district will be able to fully complete their respective programs. This will ONLY happen when ever school districts reopen or be completed in the Summer or the Fall.
Any programs that are currently doing online instruction and not following the directive take a chance that their programs can be invalidated, and those students will have to begin again.
If there are any changes or modifications to this directive, we will notify everyone.
Again, please stay safe and stay positive.
We hope to see everyone again soon.
Joel B. Geller
Our newly renovated classroom, as well as our state-of-the-art simulator, allows your child to learn in a stress-free environment while utilizing the most up-to-date practice simulations.
At Gersh Driver Education we are always adding ways to get our students more involved and not be the traditional boring program. This year we have added and are the only program to have an on-site distracted driving course. The students will navigate around a closed course in a golf cart allowing them to experience different distracted driving scenarios. (WEATHER PERMITTING)
The Gersh Driver Education Program is the largest in New York State and has a high road test pass rate that surpasses the national average. All, of our teachers are state certified experienced professionals that go through a series of vetting processes and have many years of teaching experience. We also give random BAC breathalyzer tests to the driving instructors ensuring the safety and well-being of every student.
Gersh Driver Education is very well known for its excellent customer service, most class choices & times and outside the box thinking.
We strive to not only make our program a good and effective learning experience, but fun for all as well.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
"Driving is like baseball. It's the one that gets home safely that counts."
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"…classes on Sunday are huge convenience…both my children passed their road test on the first try…you gave them a lot of confidence…wonderful program" ~Denise Algerio
"...the driver's education program was a great success. Thank you for providing such a wonderful service." ~Susan Sheldric
"Everything was so well organized, and well run. My son passed his road test on the first try. Thank you very much to you and your staff for making this a very pleasurable experience for both my son and myself. We will be back in a few years with my daughter." ~Kelly Parson
"Joel, I would like to let you know that I really can't thank you enough for your overwhelming niceness. You are such a pleasure to deal with so thank you!" ~Laura Man
***CLASSROOM TEACHERS WANTED***
We are always looking for certified classroom instructors for both of our locations. (W. Hempstead and Hauppauge) Must have NY DMV MV-283 certification. Please contact the office if interested.
All registrations are to be completed on line. Please remember, a $100.00 deposit is required to secure the seat.
All classes are in accordance with the New State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive the MV-285 Certificate of Completion. This will allow for a senior license at 17.
Each class is as follows: (1 1/2 hours in the car and 1 1/2 hours in the classroom)
If you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact us.
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