Important Customer Information (05/07/21)
Classroom Instruction. Safeway is conducting classroom instruction in a distance learning format using a secure Zoom meeting. To register for a class session, click the <Register for Distance Learning Classes> button at the top of our home page or view the calendars for a school program or classroom near you listed lower on our home page. Please review the distance learning expectations and requirements and scroll down to the calendar of classes.
Summer Classes. We have posted our summer classes and registration can be completed online at our web site, www.safewaydrivingschool.com. Safeway and all our community education partners are offering distance learning classes. In addition, many of our community education programs are also offering limited-enrollment in person classes this summer. Please refer to the community education calendars on our web site for in person classes.
Make-Up Students. Students can register for individual missed classroom lessons by logging into their student account. Click the <Student Login> button in the top right corner of our home page and enter your last name, date of birth and home zip code. More recent students will also need to enter a PIN. Go to the Classroom Lessons tab and click <Register for a Make-Up Lesson>. We are also happy to help over the phone by calling our office during business hours. All make-up lessons are done in a distance learning format.
You will receive a confirmation email when you register for a make-up lesson and a reminder email two days before the meeting. To access the Zoom meeting credentials, login to your account. Your scheduled make-up lessons are listed on the Classroom Lessons tab. Click the <Zoom Login Information> button for the scheduled lesson.
Blue Cards. After a distance learning class is over, we mail the Blue Card to students who have completed all 10 lessons and are up-to-date on payments. The Blue Cards are generally mailed out a day or two after the session ends. An email informs you the Blue Card has been issued and mailed.
Parent Classes. Safeway offers distance learning Parent Classes conducted via a secure Zoom meeting. The class lasts about 90 minutes. State rules require parents to have an audio and video connection to the class. Accordingly, parents must attend the teleconference class on a laptop, tablet or desktop computer with a web camera and microphone. A cell phone is not an appropriate device for attending the class. To register, please view any classroom calendar on our web site and click the <Sign Up> button for the Parent Class you wish to attend.
Permit Testing. Students can now take the Class D Knowledge Test (the Permit Test) online from home with an adult proctoring the test. Information on online testing can be found here.
Permit Tests will also continue to be offered by appointment at select DVS testing centers. To schedule a Permit Test appointment, the State instructs you to go to drive.mn.gov (do not add www. to the beginning), select <Schedule or Reschedule a Road or Class D Knowledge Test> and follow the prompts.
BTW Lesson Scheduling. Safeway has opened online scheduling for students needing Lesson #1. If you have not taken or scheduled a Lesson #1, you may do so by logging into your student account. Click the <Student Login> button in the top right corner of our home page and enter your last name, date of birth and home zip code. More recent students will also need to enter a PIN; older students will need to enter their permit number. Go to the BTW Lessons tab and click <Schedule a Behind-the-Wheel Lesson>.
Lesson pick-up and drop-off will be done at Safeway classrooms and at selected high schools rather than at a student’s home. Lessons may also be scheduled by calling the office. Office hours are Mon-Fri, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
For students who are ready, we are able to schedule Lessons #2 and #3 over the phone. Please do not schedule a Road Test before September at the earliest since we may not be able to schedule all remaining lessons for you if it is sooner.
Behind-the Wheel COVID Safety Procedures. Safeway has the following safety precautions for behind-the-wheel training:
- In order to protect our instructors and students, students who show any COVID-19 symptoms must cancel their behind-the-wheel lesson. There is no cancellation fee for a late cancellation due to illness.
- Instructors who do not feel well are also required to cancel their lessons.
- Students and instructors must wear a properly fitted mask at all times in the car.
- Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer before touching the steering wheel and controls.
- The instructor must disinfect high-touch surfaces in the vehicle between students.
Road Tests. Road Tests are available by appointment at a limited number of exam stations. The State will post any updates on their web site: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/Pages/default.aspx
How do I get my Zoom meeting information? Students who are registered for a ten-lesson session will receive an email a few days before the start of the session with the Zoom login credentials. That information can also be found in the student’s online account at Safeway. Click the <Zoom Login Information> button on the Classroom Lessons tab.
Students who are registered for a make-up lesson can also access their Zoom login credentials in their online account at Safeway. Your scheduled make-up lessons are listed on the Classroom Lessons tab. Click the <Zoom Login Information> button for the scheduled lesson.
Can I just take distance learning classes only and do my behind-the-wheel lessons elsewhere? No, we’ve decided against that. There is a big difference between the distance learning classes in Safeway’s Teen Package (both classroom and behind-the-wheel) and the classroom-only sessions elsewhere. Students who complete Safeway’s distance learning classroom instruction will receive a Blue Card, a State form issued by the driving school doing your behind-the-wheel lessons. Other online programs issue a completion letter. The Blue Card lets you take the Permit Test. The completion letter lets you to find a driving school who will agree to do your behind-the-wheel lessons and issue a Blue Card to you.
Will my Service Agreement expiration date be extended? Yes, expiration dates are automatically being extended for 90 days and will be extended for additional 90 days until we are more fully staffed for BTW lessons.