No cutting in these lines

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - You've heard of the school lunch line, but how about the school car line? According to the Traverse City Record Eagle, a number of schools that don't provide bus transportation have instituted routine procedures to make sure students arrive and leave safely each day.

At Grand Traverse Academy, parents learn quickly the ins and outs of the after-school pickup line, Superintendent Kaye Mentley told the Record Eagle. Parents receive a decal signifying they are a GTA parent and also a rearview mirror tag displaying the names of students they are transporting. Students wait along a sidewalk or in an "on deck" area until adult staff or volunteers call their names, the Record Eagle reported.

Cooperation and communication make the system run smoothly at Holy Angels Preschool and Elementary School, Principal Lori Phillips told the Record Eagle. Staffers oversee the departure of about 230 students daily.

Several schools provide staff or adult volunteers with two-way radios to assist the process, the Record Eagle reported.

The Traverse City Record Eagle, "Marshaling the Troops: Carpool lines at school get technical," Nov. 25, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "Buses: 90 percent pass inspection," Oct. 13, 2008