Sec. 1060.270 - [Effective 9/6/2021]Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

ยง 1060.270. [Effective 9/6/2021]Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Part, as a result of the COVID-19 emergency declared through the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations, the following procedures shall apply for the time periods specified in this Section:

a) Classroom instruction may be provided virtually, via a live webcast taught by a licensed instructor or via pre-recorded sessions taught by a licensed instructor, until such time as the region in which the driving training school is located reaches Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan released by Governor Pritzker's office on May 5, 2020. If a pre-recorded program is to be used, it must be submitted to the Department for approval. Content must be specific to Illinois laws and Rules of the Road.

1) The instruction must include all course content set forth in Section 1060.181.

2) A student who started classroom instruction virtually may be allowed to finish virtual classroom instruction even if the driving training school is located in a region that reaches Phase 5 before classroom instruction is concluded.

3) If pre-recorded instruction is used, the student may not be allowed to fast-forward through instruction or skip a classroom session.

b) A driving training school may, but is not required to, resume in-person classroom instruction when the region in which the commercial driving school is located reaches Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, so long as no more than 10 persons, inclusive of students and staff, are physically present in the classroom or upon reaching Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, so long as the school complies with Section 1060.181(b)(1)(C) and the following conditions:

1) Adherence to social distancing guidelines promulgated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH);

2) Face coverings must be worn by instructors and students, in accordance with IDPH safety guidance;

3) Hand sanitizer is available in the classroom;

4) A disposable mask is made available to all students upon request of the student;

5) Classrooms are sanitized between each class session, including the use of disinfectant on desks, door knobs, light switches, computers and related equipment such as the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and books; and

6) Adherence to all requirements of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.

c) Behind-the-wheel instruction may resume when the region in which the commercial driving school reaches Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, under the following conditions:

1) Face coverings must be worn by instructors and students, in accordance with IDPH safety guidance;

2) Hand sanitizer is available in the training vehicle;

3) A disposable mask is made available to all students upon request of the student;

4) Only the instructor and the student may be present in the training vehicle (no other students are allowed). If requested, a parent may be present in the training vehicle, seated in the back seat;

5) The commercial driver training school must obtain written consent from the student's parent or guardian (if the student is under the age of 18) to allow for the behind-the-wheel instruction with only the instructor being present in the vehicle;

6) The training vehicle must be sanitized before and after each lesson;

7) Instructors must wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to starting any behind-the-wheel lesson and must wear a face covering during any interaction with the student;

8) Observation hours, as set forth in Section 1060.181(c)(2), are waived until the Region in which the driver training school is located reaches Phase 5; and

9) Adherence to all requirements of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.

d) A 12-month pilot program is hereby established that allows a commercial driver training school instructor to administer a road test to a student that successfully completes an approved driver education course.

1) A commercial driver training instructor must be approved by the Department to administer the road test. Only instructors with five continuous years of providing behind-the-wheel instruction to teens may be approved to administer the road test.

2) The road test route used by the commercial driving training instructor must be approved by the Department and must contain all the maneuvers included on a road test administered by Secretary of State employees.

3) A road test administered by a commercial driver training school instructor must be scored in the same manner as a road test administered by a Secretary of State employee.

4) Only vehicles listed on CDTS form 10-7, Insurance Certificate, may be used to administer a road test.

e) All other provisions of this Part that have not been modified by this Section remain in full force and effect.

(Added by emergency rulemaking at 44 Ill. Reg. 10021, effective May 21, 2020, for a maximum of 150 days Emergency amendment to emergency rule at 44 Ill. Reg. 11610, effective June 25, 2020, for the remainder of the 150 days. Emergency amendment to emergency rule at 44 Ill. Reg. 14365, effective August 20, 2020, for the remainder of the 150 days Added at 44 Ill. Reg. 16828, effective October 5, 2020 Amended at 45 Ill. Reg. 4535, effective March 26, 2021)

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