Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is trying to take a proactive approach to what could be minor school license violations.

According to Sioux County School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema, several parents, educators, and other concerned persons have told him that that there are several students in Sioux County who are not abiding by the guidelines of what the law permits in regard to having a minor school license (also known as a school permit). Pollema explains.

Minor school licenses or “school permits” are for students that have had an instruction permit for at least six months, so they have to be at least 14 years of age, and normally they are for students who live at least a mile from the school.

He says reports of violations include driving off of their most direct and accessible route by going to a gas station or restaurant, driving to a friend’s house and driving to functions that are not school-related.

Pollema says he wrote a letter to parents to be proactive and so it could serve as an encouragement to have a conversation with children if they have a school permit about what is allowed, what is not allowed and what their route is. He says he would much rather educate students and parents on what is and what is not allowed than to write tickets for violations.

According to Pollema, you can get more information by clicking on this link. Iowa law on minor school driver’s license (permit)

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