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GERSH DRIVER EDUCATION COVID-19 UPDATES
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."
(3) LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
W. HEMPSTEAD - HUNTINGTON - HAUPPAUGE
*****NEW HUNTINGTON LOCATION*****
21 Sweet Hollow Rd. * Huntington, NY 11743 * West Hills Day Camp
Same excellent customer service, and core values to ensure the safety and well-being of your child.
*****NEW LOCATION IS CENTRALLY LOCATED IN LONG ISLAND OFF JERICHO***** (BEHIND WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL)
What People Are Saying
"…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.
*** ALL OF OUR CLASSES FILL UP FAST. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT **
GERSH ACADEMY EXTENDED PROGRAM
This program is open to all abilities and takes the students from obtaining their permit, through getting their drivers license in a very smooth transitional process, thus, helping them reach their highest level of independence. Learn more.