Teen drivers in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District will be required to complete a two-hour "CHP Start Smart" class with their parent or guardian in order to be eligible for an on-campus parking permit starting next school year.
The Start Smart class is held by the district in partnership with the Street Smarts program and the California Highway Patrol. The free class will focus on traffic safety, laws of the road and the responsibilities that come with driving a vehicle.
"The CHP Start Smart classes provide an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to engage each other in a conversation about safe driving practices," Superintendent Rick Schmitt said. "We are grateful for our community partners for coming together yet again to promote safety in the San Ramon Valley."
The Start Smart classes will begin being offered this year -- to count toward parking pass eligibility in the 2018-19 school year. All the comprehensive high schools in the district will offer several free classes every year that are open to all, and a student only needs to take the class once during their high school years.
The soonest upcoming classes will take place at California High School in San Ramon on Nov.7 and 8, starting at 7 p.m. Reservations are required, and students and their parent or guardian will need to sign in so as to get credit for attendance.
"Two hours can save a life!" said Brandon Correia, the CHP public information officer who also teaches the class.
For more information and class dates, check the Start Smart webpage.