AAA Minneapolis Driving School COVID-19 Information
DPS-DVS approved a variance allowing Minnesota driver education programs to provide driver education via teleconference or other methods of video distant learning in a live setting to their students.
The variance allows driver education programs to offer teleconferencing in place of classroom training to students currently enrolled or planning to enroll with the driver education program while Gov. Walz's peacetime emergency is in effect. Once the order is lifted, driver education programs must immediately resume classroom-setting training and may no longer offer teleconferencing in place of classroom training.
The variance states that we may do online classes if the student and the instructor can see and hear each other. AAA Minneapolis will be conducting virtual classroom learning using Zoom and your student will only be able to attend if they have access to a computer that meets basic system requirements, including speakers, microphone and webcam. A cell phone is not a suitable device.
Zoom Meeting Protocol
- Zoom Application System Requirements
- Each day of class will have a unique ID and Password
- Anyone joining the class will go into a waiting room and will be admitted by the instructor or host
- Students must use proper names for attendance purposes
- Disabled screen sharing for students
- Disabled private chat between students
Students will be required to purchase the How to Drive 14th Edition textbook. This is available as an eBook or a hard copy can be purchased at AAA St. Louis Park Headquarters. This cost is in addition to the cost of the classroom package. The remainder of the materials will need to be picked up at AAA. Information regarding the materials pick up and textbook will be sent to enrolled students the week before the start of class.
Safety precautions for Behind-the-Wheel Lessons include but are not limited to the following:
- Lesson may not be conducted if student or instructor are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19.
- Instructors will be subject to a health screen before the start of each shift.
- Students and Instructor wear a mask or face covering.
- Students can use any other personal predictive equipment they bring.
- Sanitizer and gloves will be available in the vehicle.
- Vehicle will be cleaned between each lesson and each new instructor that uses it.
- Class size will be limited based on CDC, MDH and Governors recommendations.
- Students may not attend if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have had contact with anyone with COVID-19.
- Instructors will be subject to a health screen befor the start of each shift.
- Students will enter the building using the main entrance door designated for all non-licensing services.
- Students must have reservation for class. NO WALK-INS.
- Students must pre-pay for the class – no money transactions in the class.
- Students will not sign in as usual – instructor will take attendance when they enter the classroom.
- Students must wear a mask or face covering.
- Hospitality will not be provided – students may bring a snack or drink.
- Break time will have to be in the classroom (except trips to the restroom) no congregating in the atrium or the vending machine/employee break room.
- We recommend that you bring your own writing instrument. If you forget, you will be given a pencil to keep.
- Class will be cleaned after each class.