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Registration opens May 5 for summer driver education courses


Rockford Public Schools will offer a summer driver education program for students in the Rockford region. A student does not have to be enrolled in the district to take one of the courses, which are taught by certified RPS driver education staff. More than 300 seats are available.

The program includes the classroom portion of driver education (30 hours) and six hours behind the wheel. It’s offered in two time slots for two sessions, all at Jefferson High School:

June 18-July 2: 7:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 7-July 18: 7:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Behind-the-wheel lessons can also be scheduled with staff during students’ summer break.

Course registration ends Friday, May 23. Register at Roosevelt Alternative High School, 978 Haskell Ave., in the main office. To register, a student must have earned at least eight course credits in his or her district over the past two semesters. Completed forms are due at the time of registration.​

Cost is $250 – as little as half the cost of private programs – and the same price as Driver Education courses during the regular RPS academic calendar year. The course can also free up schedules during the school year for students to enroll in other academic courses, said Tyler Fagan, dean of physical education, driver education, health, fitness and wellness.

Payment must be made in cash, debit or credit card, cashier’s check or money order made payable to Rockford Public Schools. Personal checks will not be accepted.​