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Driver Education

Driver Education

Attention Parents/Guardians: Students that take Driver Education at a private facility can still take the course here at PNHS.  We cover motorcycle safety, train safety, distracted drivng simulation and all the SAFETY/FIRST AID certification. The students will NOT be charged the $300 BTW fee, that is only for the behind the wheel instruction.  

Questions, please email Lynette Bayer at 


Spring Break Driving Information:

Students that are wanting to finish up their BTW lessons over Spring Break will have the opportunity to do so.  Sign up will happen in the Driver Education room 195.  The sign up will be open to first semester driver education students first (those in Health class now) and then it will open to the current driver education students that want to sign up for the remaining driving slots that are open. March 5th-8th Health stuents will be able to sign up.  Starting at 6:15AM in room 195 on March 12th, the current driver education students will be able to start to sign up for open slots for Spring Break driving.   If a student is unable to sign up for Spring Break driving times, they will be contacted in birthdate order to drive before or after school to finish their 12 BTW lessons. Please continue to allow student to gain experience driving and accumulate hours for their 50 hours needed in order to obtain a driver license.  



First semester students that have not complete their  BTW instructional hours, are being contacted by birtdate order. It is helpful if they have if  20 hours or more with a parent/guardian (do not forget to log it on the 50 hour log sheet!).  It is imperative that parents/guardians get the students out practicing and comfortable in the vehicle for this process to run smoothly.  We have instructors that are completing these lessons before school at 5:30am and after school.  There is more avalaliblity for the morning time slot, which is a great way to get the 12 BTW lessons done quicker.     

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Department Chair- Lynette Bayer



John Darlington -classroom instrustor, BTW instructor

George Marlin -classroom instrustor, BTW instructor

Jim Walter -classroom instrustor, BTW instructor

Jim Farber -BTW instructor

Tina Sunderland- BTW instructor

Bob Boryca- BTW instructor

John Kaufman- BTW instructor

Brad Klett- BTW instructor

Amanda Viece- BTW instructor


Why should you take driver education at Plainfield North?

Myth:  If you take driver education at a private facility, you will get more practice time.

Fact:  You will get 6 hours (12 lessons) of Behind the Wheel time taking driver education at PNHS.  The state then requires 50 hours of BTW with a parent/guardian. This is the same for both locations. At PNHS we cover motorcycle safety and train safety.  Our course also covers Safety/First Aid/AED training.  Students can get their CPR/AED certification through our course at PNHS

Myth:  Private facilities have teachers who are more experienced at teaching driving.

Fact:  At PNHS our teachers are very experienced. They either teach the driver education classroom portion or behind the wheel year round.  Many of our teachers also drive extra before/after school, on school breaks, and during the summer. We also provide motorcycle safety and train safety education during the classroom portion of Driver Education.  

Myth: The cost of attending driver education at a private facility is the same as at PNHS.

Fact:  The cost of attending driver education at a private facility is more expensive than at PNHS. PNHS cost is $300 and a $20 permit fee- which goes to the State of Illinois.

Other possible benefits:  No extra trips to the DMV, less driving and scheduling time for driving school (it is all right here at the school you are already at), Information delivered over a longer period of time and in more depth- hopefully developing a more experienced driver. 

The real question to ask is:

Why wouldn’t you take driver education at PNHS?

If you have questions, contact someone in the Physical Education/Driver Education office.