The Palmyra-Macedon Central School District offers a variety of programs to benefit its students outside of basic classroom education. Two such programs are focused on driving safety, Driver and Traffic Safety Education Program (Driver Ed) and on-site New York State Department of Motor Vehicles permit testing, both offered at the high school.
Administered through the Athletic Department under the direction of Athletic Director Tom Schmandt, each program affords students the opportunity to learn skills to stay safe on the road and/or begin the process of acquiring a driver’s license.
Driver Ed is offered in three different sessions throughout the year, fall, winter/spring and summer. Fall and winter/spring sessions occur after school and will require attendance beyond regular school day hours. Per information outlined by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED), the long running program has been implemented via a joint partnership between NYSED and the NYS DMV. Driver Ed is intended to educate students (age 16 or older) on appropriate driving skills and habits as well as playing a responsible role in the highway transportation/safety system. Course highlights include 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of behind the wheel training and observation (six required hours of driving per student).
Students successfully completing the Driver Ed program receive the MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion. The certificate allows a NYS Junior Permit holder to schedule a road test, young drivers a possible reduction in automobile insurance cost (participation is dependent upon insurance provider participation), and a 17 year old to receive a senior license (MV-285 form must be submitted to local DMV to attain this benefit).
Interested students may sign up for Driver Ed by going to the Athletic Department office. Upon signing up, students will be placed on a waiting list. Space is limited for program slots, particularly in the fall and winter/spring sessions when only eight slots per session are available. The selection process from the waiting list is based on two factors. Seniors are given first preference and the selection is then based on age from oldest to youngest. The selection process is non-negotiable and applicable to all students applying to take part in the program.
In addition to Driver Ed, Pal-Mac offers a unique program which allows students to take their NYS DMV Learner Permit test at Pal-Mac High School. Students interested in utilizing this program can sign-up through the Athletic Department. The test consists of 20 questions online via a computer in the athletic office. Testing is available on a bi-weekly basis. Should the student taking the test pass, a certificate of passage with a barcode will be provided to the student. The certificate is then presented at a local DMV office to prove passage of test when applying for the permit.
Should you be interested in either program, please contact the athletic office directly at 315-597-3400 or stop by to learn more.