Granite School District in Granite City said Thursday that its traffic school is not for the faint of heart.
Instead, students learn to deal with traffic issues with a safety focus.
Students are also taught to avoid distracted driving and to understand how to use their smartphones.
“The purpose of our traffic school and all of our programs is to provide a learning experience for our students that’s fun and educational,” Granite superintendent Mike Miller said.
We have a lot of kids who are getting distracted, texting, driving with their cell phones and driving erratically.””
It’s a serious issue.
We have a lot of kids who are getting distracted, texting, driving with their cell phones and driving erratically.”
Miller said traffic school students are required to complete the safety course, but the district did not have a time frame for completing it.
The school district is in the process of preparing the classes, Miller said, adding that he expects it will be completed in the fall.
“We have a whole lot of classes that we’re doing right now, so we’re just getting through that,” Miller said of the traffic school.
Miller said Granite has one other school in the district that uses a similar curriculum, but they’re not using the Granite school’s technology.
He said the Granetters traffic school curriculum is focused on the fundamentals of traffic and safety, and that the Granites traffic school does not focus on distracted driving or other distractions.
Miller also said Granites students have a learning goal.
“They need to know how to think clearly,” Miller explained.
If a student doesn’t want to complete their class, Miller added, they can simply cancel.
The Granite students are also given an assignment to write a story.
Miller added that the district is also working with Granite’s district director of operations, Steve Riedl, on a new technology program that will be implemented next year.
Riedl said he’s looking to improve Granite schools and to help improve traffic safety.
He said Granit’s students will be learning about new technology, including autonomous vehicles.
Riesl said Granitic’s school district has already implemented the technology, which includes a new camera system, and has found that the technology has helped improve students’ understanding of traffic.
Rigid road rules, speed limits and lane markings will also be a part of Granite traffic school lessons.
Riel said Granitism’s students have also learned how to drive safely on highways and on the street, and they are not distracted by the use of their smartphones while driving.
Miller and Riedll also said that Granite will have a new safety program in 2018.
“This year we are making some big changes in terms of our curriculum,” Ried, who is in charge of Granites safety department, said.
“We have some new technologies, new technologies that we have implemented in the last few months.”