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Driving Me Crazy!

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in ADAP · driver's ed · high school
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Today I intended to write about my daughter’s scare with appendicitis, but I’ve tossed that into the backseat in favor of grumbling about administrative mess-ups.

My daughter, Christina, (she of the appendicitis scare) is scheduled to test for her driver’s license on the 26th of this month. Appointments are scheduled two months out, so if you miss one, you’re plumb out of luck for at least sixty days. That’s, like, a kajillion in teen years.

In preparation for her test, she acquired her Driver’s Ed certificate from the main office at her high school and trekked over to the attendance office to obtain her certificate of attendance.  She is also required to have an ADAP (Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program) card, proof that she completed the ADAP course.  That was when the trouble started.  It seems that the ADAP course has nothing to do with driver’s ed, but is typically acquired through completion of the high school’s health class.  Except, buttercup, the high school neglected to include health in Christina’s curriculum.

As you might imagine, I received a frantic phone call from my young ‘un, complete with copious tears, informing me that because the school never assigned the health class she never received the ADAP curriculum and would not, therefore, be able to get her license as scheduled.  Horrors!

I did my mommy duty and contacted the school administrator who directed me to the Georgia Department of Driver Services’ website for ADAP info.  Hallelujah! A class was being offered—this very night!—through a local police department and, according to the online information, my kidlet could attend. Not so. We arrived at the PD and were told, uh-uh, the class is only for homeschoolers and private school students.  Kids enrolled in public education must either complete the ADAP through their high school health class or take the course online.  The online class may only be accessed through application by a high school administrator, so you know who I’ll be bribing/begging/meeting with tomorrow.  I wonder which is more appropriate for groveling before a high school administrator? Cookies or tiramisu?

Will this be an easy fix or a head-on collision? Why did the school neglect to assign a mandatory class (three years running), causing this whole kerfluffle? Why did the DDS website omit the information that the evening class was not available to public school students, causing yours truly to drive all over creation looking for the blasted police department, only to be turned away? Why, oh, why, am I out of Peanut M&Ms when I need them the most? Why?

Scintillating questions with no answers forthcoming.  I will, however, footnote this tomorrow with a blurb about my upcoming adventures with the high school administrators.  If all the stars align and the moon is in Jupiter with Neptune rising…or whatever…I’ll be able to applaud the prompt and cheerful assistance to this matter by a government employee.  A natural optimist, I really believe it will happen. 


Til tomorrow –

6 Responses to "Driving Me Crazy!"

  1. Comment by Carrie
    August 19, 2010 at 9:24 am  

    Whhhattt??? I thought she took health during the summer????? Did they not do the ADAP? So Sorry you guys are going through this:(

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 19, 2010 at 9:56 am  

    Nope. The option was for PE, or health, or PE and health together. She only took PE. We were told the health class would be assigned by Brookwood "at some point" and not to worry about it, but were never told of the ADAP requirement. She should have been in health class her freshman year (and in fact needs that class in order to graduate) but high school "obviously screwed up" (per the curriculum rep I spoke with today). *sigh*

  3. Comment by Anonymous
    August 19, 2010 at 11:09 am  

    Dang it, my first response didn't post. Well, I was saying I am sorry that this is such a disappointment for your daughter and such a hassle. I cannot believe that the class at the police department wouldn't teach her because she was not home schooled. What do they care? What happens if a kid is new to town when they turn 16, or if they are a high school drop out? I'd fight hard to get a waiver for the next class. Take it to the news and write a letter to the editor. There is an exception to every rule!Kathy M.

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 19, 2010 at 5:00 pm  

    Hey Kathy – You are right, there is! I'll detail on my new post. 🙂

  5. Comment by BECKY
    August 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm  

    Yeah, you go girl! I agree with Kathy, too. This is the kind of stuff that just drives me nuts and makes me….yes even me…turn into a shrew!! I cannot stand stupidity, especially when it's dealt out constantly by "higher ups" who are supposed to be "helpers of the community"…Accckkkk!!! I am innerly fuming for you and your darling daugher!! :oOh, and I bet you a huge box of Peanut M&M's that the school does NOT help tomorrow! :/

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm  

    Thanks for sharing my frustration, Becky! I really lucked out and connected with some folks who genuinely wanted to help. Since you were feeling my pain, I won't hold you to the M&Ms. 🙂

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