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Start Smart Program

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Parking Permit Class Requirement

Students who wish to purchase a parking pass must take a CHP Start Smart driver safety class held at an SRVUSD high school. The student must attend the class with a parent or gaurdian.

Teen Driver Education Program to Emphasize Safety at San Ramon Valley Unified Schools

SRVUSD has implemented a new system for students who wish to obtain on-campus parking permits that emphasizes traffic safety. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the SRVUSD in partnership with Street Smarts and the California Highway Patrol (CHP)  will sponsor free two hour CHP Start Smart classes. Students and their parent/guardian must attend one free two hour CHP Start Smart class in order to be eligible for a parking permit at all SRVUSD High Schools.  

The Start Smart presentations provide an opportunity for teens and their parents/guardians to discuss the serious laws, obligations, responsibilities and family expectations that are part of driving a vehicle.  The goal is to promote and create safe driving habits around SRVUSD schools. 

The Start Smart presentations will start in August for parking pass eligibility in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 school year. At this class, officers from the California Highway Patrol will discuss traffic avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage. All SRVUSD comprehensive high schools will offer 2-3 free classes each year that are open to anyone. The class must only be taken once during a student’s high school career and must be taken at a SRVUSD High School location.

Class Information

Classes will continue in 2018-2019 for parking pass eligibility in the 2018-19 school year and beyond. Ten classes will be offered for the 2018-2019 school year at all of the SRVUSD high schools. Review your schedules and sign up early to confirm your space. No additional classes will be added once the dates and locations are confirmed.

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Check-in by 6:45 p.m. Doors close at 7 p.m. No late arrivals accepted, and your space is subject to be released to others at 7 p.m. If the class if full, you are welcome to list for “stand-by,” at the venue that evening for available space. However, admission is not guaranteed.

 

AT&T’s Texting and Driving Simulator will be available at some locations.

 

At least one parent must attend with their teen. (Note: The presentation contains graphic “accident” images, which are unsuitable for children under 15 years old.)

 

IMPORTANT: Students must attend a class at an SRVUSD school to be eligible to apply for a student parking permit.  

Arrive at 6:30 p.m. to try AT&T’s Texting and Driving Simulator

Date

Location

Tues, 8/14/2018

Danville Village Theatre 

POSTED/PAST

Wed, 8/15/2018

California High School Theater 

POSTED/PAST

Wed, 9/12/2018

Monte Vista High School Theater 

CHP Start Smart at MVHS

Wed, 10/03/2018

San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center 

CHP Start Smart at SRVHS

Wed, 10/17/2018

Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center 

CHP Start Smart at DVHS

Wed, 1/30/2019

San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center 

CHP Start Smart at SRVHS

Wed, 2/06/2019

Monte Vista High School Theater 

CHP Start Smart at MVHS

Wed, 2/20/2019

Cal High School Theater 

CHP Start Smart at Cal High

Mon, 3/11/2019

Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center 

CHP Start Smart at DVHS

Wed, 4/17/2019

San Ramon Valley High PAC 

CHP Start Smart at SRVHS

Wed, 4/24/2019

Monte Vista High School Theater 

CHP Start Smart at MVHS

What is Start Smart?
CHP’s Start Smart Driving Safety Class is a free, two-hour, driver safety education class for students between the ages of 15-20 years old and their parents/guardians. Start Smart provides an opportunity for teens and their parents/guardians to discuss the serious laws, obligations, responsibilities and family expectations that are part of driving a car. The goal is to promote and create safe driving habits around SRVUSD schools.

Do I have to attend a Start Smart class?
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, all San Ramon Valley Unified School District students and their parents/guardian must attend a Start Smart class to obtain a parking permit to park on their school campus. Some insurance companies provide a discount for taking a class. We suggest parents/guardians check with their carrier.

Why does a parent/guardian also have to take the class?
The Start Smart class provides an opportunity for teens and their parents/guardians to discuss the serious laws, obligations and responsibilities, and family expectations that are part of driving a car.

Can a student take the class if they don’t have their license yet?
Yes, a student can take a class if they don't have their license yet. They just need to be 15-years-old at the time of the class.

What is discussed in the class?
Officers from the California Highway Patrol will discuss traffic avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage.

When are the classes offered?
All SRVUSD high schools will offer several classes each year. Classes will begin in August for parking pass eligibility in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.

What if I can’t make it to one of the classes?
There will be more than 15 opportunities for students and their parent/guardian to take a class at an SRVUSD school throughout every school year. Students can attend any of the classes held at SRVUSD’s four comprehensive high schools.

How do I prove that I went to a Start Smart class?
Students and their parent or guardian will need to sign-in at the class. This list will be provided to the school district for data entry.  Parking pass eligibility will be recorded in the assessment section of Infinite Campus and can be viewed through the parent portal.  

How do I get my parking pass after attending?
Taking the class will not guarantee a parking pass. Parking passes will be distributed by schools based on a first come basis or a lottery process (at SRVHS). Students should check with their individual schools for the specific process.

Do I have to take a class each school year to get a parking pass?
The class must only be taken once during a student’s high school career.

My insurance requires a specific class to get the extra safe driver program discount. Can this be used in place of the Start Smart Program to qualify for a parking permit?
This class does count for some insurance companies. Check with your carrier and let them know that it is the CHP Start Smart class.

Questions

 

Email AskSRVUSD@srvusd.net

 

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