Update: March 25th, 2020
Dear Baron Education (DriveSafe and CollegeDrive) Families,
Over the past 10 days, all of our lives have changed dramatically. I know this has impacted many of you and has led to quick changes to your teens’ schedules, quite often in the form of changed or cancelled lessons. To the extent that we gave little notice when making these changes or communicated them brusquely, I apologize. Our entire business is built around our positive relationship with our families, and we would never choose to put that at risk.
Like you, we have been dealing with the rapidly shifting landscape, and have had to do so in the 12 markets we serve, all governed by different municipalities, and many with conflicting guidelines. Most recently we were given less than 24 hours’ notice to shut down our centers.
Moving forward, we will endeavor to provide more constant communication with our families, and to do so in the positive manner befitting our company, whose sole mission is to prepare our students for their future and help them reach their greatest potential.
For DriveSafe, here’s where we stand: Our traditional 30-hour classroom course is now being offered live online via Zoom. We have completed one series of classes and are three days into the second (two more series are scheduled to complete the “Spring Break” cycle). In April and May, we will continue running live online classes on weekends and weeknights. Feedback from students, parents, and teachers has been extremely positive. In fact, our teachers have commented that student participation has been even greater than in our in-center classes! We fully expect to be running live in-center classes again by late May, if not sooner. We will keep you apprised.
For those of you whose driving lesson or license test had to be cancelled on short notice, we are sorry. We anticipate being able to resume lessons and tests in mid to late April. As soon as we are cleared to begin working with our students, we will let you know and start scheduling again.
For CollegeDrive, the school shutdowns have turned everyone’s plans upside down. Although we do not yet know the date that the State will administer the SAT, we do know it’s coming. Our recommendation to juniors is to sign up for the national test date on June 6th and or the ACT on June 13th as these dates will fill up fast.
Our best advice to juniors is to keep prepping! Preparing for standardized tests takes time; it is not like preparing for school tests where you might get by with cramming. Use the extra window of time before the exam wisely, and you will be paid off with a higher test score. As you may already know, all of our classes and tutoring have been converted to live online via Zoom.
Upcoming Express Prep classes will run via Zoom on the originally scheduled dates. Check the times as they may have changed . We’re very pleased to report that CollegeDrive’s average score improvements: 140 pts. SAT and 4 pts. ACT are the same online as they are in-person. Finally, Academic Subject Tutoring might be a good option for students who will need to get through a lot of material, with less guidance than usual, over the next two months.
Thank you for being part of the Baron Education community. We appreciate that now more than ever. Here’s to a de-escalation of the public health crisis and the resumption of our normal lives. Until then, please stay healthy.
Update: March 15th, 2020
Dear DriveSafe Family,
Thank you for entrusting your student’s driver’s education to DriveSafe Driving Schools. We consider you and your student part of our DriveSafe family, and we appreciate that you and your family are making thoughtful decisions about your activities with the recent news about the coronavirus.
We, too, are monitoring the news. We will do everything possible to make sure your student can complete their driver’s education in a safe and healthy environment. We want to ask your consideration and make you aware of options for you and your student.
First, please do not send your student to class or for behind-the-wheel lessons if they are not feeling well. We need to be especially respectful of the close quarters for students and instructors in our cars and classrooms. We have also advised our instructors to not come in for work if they are ill.
We have advised our instructors that during this time they can cancel an in-car lesson with a student who arrives visibly sick. Those sessions will be rescheduled. Our Managers will contact families for students who arrive to class visibly ill.
Second, be aware that your student’s enrollment has no expiration date. Classes can be made up and taken out of order, except class 8 must be last. In addition, one unique feature of DriveSafe is that you can switch an inclass package to the 30-hour online class with just a simple phone call to our team. The State does require that all 30 hours be completed fully in one format or the other. There is no hybrid option.
For parents, we have posted our Parent Orientation, offered at the beginning of Class 1, in the Parent/Student Portal. You can view the Parent Orientation online if you prefer not to be in a crowd for the live orientation. You can log in at DriveSafeColorado.com using the Sign In feature on the top right side of the Home page.
If your student is taking in-car lessons, there is plenty of time for your student to complete their lessons.
During this crisis period, we are modifying our 24-hour cancellation policy to 6 hours. We ask that you call or notify us at least 6 hours prior to any in-car lesson to avoid a $35 cancellation fee. This will give us time to properly manage our instructor’s lesson time.
Our Center teams will be working actively to sanitize our facilities. Your student is welcome to bring any additional personal hygiene materials to increase their comfort.
We are confident that, by working together, we will continue to provide high quality driver’s education instruction in a positive and healthy learning environment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Center Manager at your student’s location.