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Curriculum schedule.

A driver training school may offer classroom and behind the wheel instruction to students throughout the year. In order to be approved by the director, a curriculum schedule must satisfy or include the following requirements:
(1) Classroom and behind the wheel instruction that is complementary. This means that classroom instruction is integrated in a timely manner with behind the wheel instruction;
(2) Having students under age eighteen complete no more than two hours of classroom instruction during any single day, except for make-up classes which shall be no more than two additional hours of class not to exceed three total make-up classes during the traffic safety education course, and no more than one hour of behind the wheel instruction during any single day;
(3) For students under the age of eighteen to meet the traffic safety education requirement of RCW 46.20.100, instruction that:
(a) Includes not less than thirty hours of classroom instruction;
(b) Meets the behind the wheel instruction and observation requirements of WAC 308-108-160;
(c) Consists of at least one hour minimum and no more than two hours maximum of class session during a single day, except when adding a make-up class as provided in subsection (2) of this section, in which case classroom instruction must not exceed four hours in a single day;
(d) With the exception of make-up lessons, ensures that all students in a classroom session must be on the same lesson. Open enrollment or self-paced instruction is not permitted; and
(e) Ensures that each traffic safety education classroom course is at least fifty-percent instructor-led verbal instruction consisting of:
(i) In-person training;
(ii) Teacher and student interaction; and
(iii) Questions and answers;
(4) Classroom and behind the wheel instruction in a course that is scheduled for not less than thirty days in which lessons must be in contiguous weeks;
(5) Students may not enroll in a traffic safety education course after the third class session of any given course;
(6) All make-up assignments and instruction must be equivalent to the instruction given during the missed sessions;
(7) Distributing to students instructional material developed by the department and the federally designated organ procurement organization for Washington state relating to organ and tissue donation awareness education; and
(8) Review and approval of the local school curriculum by the department as part of the initial application for a school license. To help ensure that minimum standards of instruction are met, the local school curriculum must include but is not limited to the following:
(a) Comprehensive elements of classroom and behind the wheel instruction as defined by the department;
(b) Comprehensive written and behind the wheel examinations, to include:
(i) Written examinations as submitted to and approved by the department; and
(ii) Behind the wheel examination criteria as approved by the department;
(c) A flow chart that indicates how the classroom and behind the wheel instruction are integrated;
(d) Information on the state of Washington's intermediate license requirements, restrictions, violations, and sanctions for violation of these requirements; and
(e) A designated time for a parent, guardian, or employer night that is no less than one hour, which may be a part of the thirty hours required for student training, and must include:
(i) Instruction on the parent, guardian, or employer responsibilities and the importance of parent, guardian, or employer involvement with the teen driver;
(ii) Information on intermediate license laws, restrictions, and sanctions;
(iii) An introduction to the parent guide to teen driving; and
(iv) A questions and answers period.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.82.290. WSR 09-21-092, § 308-108-150, filed 10/20/09, effective 1/1/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.82.290, 46.82.310, 46.82.320, 46.82.330, and 46.82.340. WSR 07-01-069, § 308-108-150, filed 12/18/06, effective 1/18/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 46.82.290. WSR 05-16-061, § 308-108-150, filed 7/29/05, effective 8/29/05.]
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