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Carline Procedures

Carline Procedures

Please see the following files for procedures regarding the arrival and dismissal procedures at the Phoenix Academy buildings.

We need your cooperation with these tips!  We are thinking of the safety of your child.  Car line is the most dangerous time of day for your child.

4020 Meeting Way (K-1 Location)

  • If you are participating in carline, the times are as follows:
    • Morning: 7:45am to 8:20am
    • Afternoon: 2:45pm to 3:15pm
  • You should access this campus from Piedmont Parkway and turn onto Mendenhall Oaks Parkway.  If traffic is backed up, then you should stack to the right (curb) of the roadway on Mendenhall Oaks Parkway so that normal traffic can still pass.
  • Turn right onto Meeting Way and stack in the inside travel lane (as if this were a 4-lane road) until you turn left into the campus.  This allows through traffic to get by you on the right side.  Please do not block entrances to business.
  • Do not turn onto Mendenhall Oaks Parkway from NC HWY 68 and expect to turn left onto Meeting Way.  This gets traffic backed up on Mendenhall Oaks Parkway and may parents assume that you are breaking in line and will not allow you to make a left turn in front of them.
  • Once you make a left onto campus, you should remain to the right of any cones and proceed to the rear of the school where you will have plenty of space to make a u-turn and proceed to the front of the school fro drop-off and pick-up at 1 of 5 stations.
  • An adult teacher or staff member will assist your child from your vehicle and make sure they are away from traffic before you proceed.
  • As you exit the lot, a uniformed police officer will direct you to turn right towards Mendenhall Oaks Parkway.  You should turn right onto Mendenhall Oaks Parkway and proceed towards Eastchester Dr. (HWY 68)
  • You will only be allowed to turn left onto the campus and right when leaving the campus during carline times, so do not turn onto Meeting Way from HWY 68 and expect to make a right turn into the campus.
  • The police officer will move his vehicle from the street at 8:20am.  IF you arrive after 8:20 you should line up behind the police car.  The officers will allow those that were in line to finish unloading and will allow the teachers and staff time to pick up cones and stanchions.  Once the teachers and staff members have cleared the parking lot, the officer will then allow you to enter the lot at which time you will need to park your vehicle in a marked space and walk your child into the school.
  • You are not allowed, at any time, to park your vehicle on the street or a nearby lot and walk your child onto campus during car line times.
  • If your child arrives after 8:25am you will need to stand with them while the police officer checks them in as tardy.
  • Do not park in a handicap space unless you have a placard registered to you.

4191 Mendenhall Oaks Parkway (2-5 Location)

  • The carline times at this campus are:
    • Morning: 7:40am to 8:20am
    • Afternoon: 2:45pm to 3:20pm
  • You will be allowed to turn right or left to enter campus during carline times, so you can access Mendenhall Oaks Parkway from NC HWY 68 or Piedmont Parkway.
  • If you are turning left onto campus and traffic is backed up, you should stack in the inside lane (as if this were a 4-lane road) to allow through traffic to pass on your right.
  • If you are turning right onto campus and traffic is backed up, you should stack in the far right lane (closest to the curb)
  • Do not block the entrances to businesses.
  • After you have turned onto campus, you will proceed up the drive and turn right and drive to the rear of the school where you will enter a lane to proceed to the front of the school.  We have to do this to get as many vehicles onto the campus property and off the street.
  • You will proceed to the front of the school where teachers and staff members will assist your child from your vehicle.  You will then make a u-turn and proceed down the drive towards Mendenhall Oaks Parkway.  The unformed police officer will direct you to turn right only when leaving the campus.  We are aware that this is an inconvenience for you, but right turns are safer and keep traffic moving.  Traffic would have to be stopped in both directions to allow left turns from this campus.
  • U-turns on Mendenhall Oaks Parkway will not be tolerated and is considered a safe movement violation.  Do not utilize business lots as a place to turn around. Many of these lots are posted for this reason.
  • The police officer leaves the street at 8:20am and drives to the top of the drive.  If you enter campus after the police officer has left the street you are to line up behind his patrol car.  Once all traffic has cleared from the rear of the school, the officer will allow you to get in line at that time.  The teachers and staff members that are assisting with car line will stop their duties at 8:25am and enter the school in order to get to their classrooms.
  • You are not allowed, at any time, to park your vehicle on the street or a nearby lot and walk your child onto campus during car line times. 
  • If your child is not assisted out of your vehicle by 8:25am then you must park your vehicle in a marked space and walk your child into the school.  If your child enters the building any time after 8:30am, they are considered tardy and must check in with the police officer.
  • Do not park in a handicap space unless you have a placard that is registered to you.

7847 Clinard Farms Rd (6-8 Location)

  • The carline times at this campus are:
    • Morning: 7:40am to 8:10am
    • Afternoon: 2:55pm to 3:30pm
  • You are allowed to make a left or right turn when entering and exiting this campus
  • There will be a uniformed police officer that will assist with traffic direction if/when traffic gets backed up to enter or exit the campus.
  • Proceed to the rear of campus and follow the route to the drop off/pick up area at the front of the school.
  • Students are considered tardy after 8:15am and should sign in with the police officer.

Multiple Student Drop-offs

If you are a parent that has to visit more than one campus, you should follow directions to 4191 Mendenhall Oaks Parkway first and then proceed to 4020 Meeting Way, then the Clinard Farms location last.  Many parents think they are better off to arrive at the Meeting Way campus first since the car line at Mendenhall Oaks Parkway remains open for an extra 5 minutes, however they are directed to the right when leaving the Meeting Way campus and have to make a left at the stop sign onto Mendenhall Oaks Parkway, which is dangerous and causes a backup of traffic.  If you follow the traffic patterns, you will make all right turns until you get to the entrance of each campus where the police officers will stop traffic and allow you to turn onto the Campus.

These patterns have proven to run smoothly after parents become accustomed to the routes and the staff gets to know the children and their parents, which usually takes about a week.  After the first week, you can expect to be in the car line for about 5 minutes at each location.  If you have to visit more than one campus, make every effort to be at the Mendenhall Oaks campus before 8:00am so that you’re not late.

PDF of these directions:

Carline Procedures and Notes