Newport Driving School response To OC Lockdown (Covid-19)
For over 23 years, Newport Driving School or NDS has helped prepare the youth, the elderly, immigrants, and enthusiasts of our local communities for the open road. Our priority has always been the safety of drivers on the road and we continue to honor this in our response to the recent events of the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-10 or another contagious pathogen.
In furtherance of our commitment, NDS has instituted the following requirements:
- All employee/driving instructor are required to stay home if they are feeling sick in any way.
- Each driving instructor has been educated to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth and to wash their hands as much as possible.
- All driving instructors will wear a mask (or similar face covering) while instructing students until further notice.
- We require that all students wear a mask while in our vehicle and on a driving lesson.
- All vehicles are supplied with disposable gloves, disinfecting wipes, and disinfecting spray.
- Each instructor will be wiping/disinfecting the vehicle between lessons.
- All instructors will prioritize social distancing as much as possible. This will include conversations with parents before and after lessons.
Newport Driving School (“NDS”) will take the temperature of every employee/instructor each day they work to confirm that their temperature is not over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit which could indicate a fever.If an employee/instructor has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, then the employee/instructor is required to cancel his/her lesson(s) and stay at home.
Each employee/instructor’s temperature will be taken at least once during each work day.
We will be doing everything we possibly can to ensure the safety of our students and instructors. However, there is still a lot to learn about this virus and the overall situation. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected while in our vehicles or with our instructors and must ask that you sign a waiver. This waiver ensures that you are voluntarily signing up for and continuing with driver training with Newport Driving School. You can find the waiver below.
All students are required to wear mask (or similar face covering) and gloves during lessons
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people. Newport Driving School (“NDS”) has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, NDS cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with the COVID-19. Further, driving behind-the-wheel could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending behind- the-wheel lessons and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at NDS may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of “NDS” driving instructors and others, including, but not limited to, NDS’s employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance at NDS or participation in NDS’s behind-the-wheel lessons (“claims”). On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless NDS, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expense of any kind arising out of or relations thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes and claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of NDS, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in behind-the-wheel lessons with Newport Driving School.