WCS students who earn their driver’s licenses during the school year still may get a parking pass if they complete the Checkpoints Program.
Checkpoints, which is aimed at teaching teens safe-driving skills and involving the family in the process, was adopted by Williamson County Schools in the spring of 2017 after review by the Safe-Driver Task Force. Now, in order to get a parking permit at their school, all high school students who didn’t drive to school the year before must attend one of the one-hour classes with a parent.
The classes involve watching videos and a slideshow with statistics and information related to teen driving, but one of the biggest parts of the class and the Checkpoints Program is the creation of a “Checkpoints” teen driving agreement.
Before receiving a parking pass, students must create and sign the agreement as well as meet all other state requirements.
“The feedback I’ve heard from principals is that parents really like spending time with their child and forming an agreement,” said WCS Special Projects Manager Angela Huff. “They also like that the district is focusing on something as important as teen driving.”
The attention isn’t solely directed at new WCS drivers. Students who drove to school last year must also sign a Student/Parent Safe-Driving Agreement if they wish to obtain a parking pass.
Classes will be offered each month as more students get their licenses. For specific times and locations of these classes, check the school websites or contact a school administrator.