House Bill 158 (Session Law 2020-30) states that public schools are authorized to resume driver education programs in accordance with guidance issued by the Department of Public Instruction. Additionally, please find this information was released in the NCDPI COVID-19 WEEKLY TOP TEN.
The following link is to be considered as guidance to restart BTW.
Click here to review Driver Education Behind-the-Wheel (BTW) Instruction Requirements & Recommendations.
This document is intended to supply guidance to Public School Units (PSU) to resume the State’s Driver Education Program in compliance with the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12), Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina's Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools, existing policies of the NC State Board of Education (SBE) and the requirements of SL 2020 30.
The SBE made policy modifications to allow and encourage remote instruction for the classroom portion of Driver Education, which is Plan C. The restart of the BTW instruction will initially address the backlog of students beginning at the point of interruption as a result of the unanticipated school closure. This phase will be conducted using Plan B with modifications as approved by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will provide routine updates pertaining to requirements and recommendations as needed to reflect changes in the guidance provided by the NCDHHS.