Carline Procedures

Mead Hall's carline operates very smoothly when we all understand and remember to follow the rules. The following guidelines are designed to help us load and unload children as safely and efficiently as possible.

Please display a large, clearly-printed sign with your child's name in any vehicle that will be used for pick-up. This is especially important on rainy days.

St. Thaddeus Campus - 3K to Grade 4

Students arriving between 7:00 and 7:45 should be signed in to Extended Care by a parent or guardian where they will be supervised until time for school.

Morning Carline (Rain or Shine) 7:45 to 8:00 a.m.

Enter carline by approaching Greenville Street from Richland Avenue. Drive south on Greenville Street and use the parkway cut-through to approach the gate. Do not enter carline from Hayne Avenue. This causes confusion at the cut-through and is unfair to those who have been waiting in the proper line. As a courtesy to businesses on Greenville Street, please stay to the far left of the southbound side of the road so patrons to these businesses don't get caught up in our carline.

  • For morning drop-off, students must remain in their vehicles until staff members arrive to unload cars.
  • Please do not get out of your vehicle while in carline. If you need to unlock a trunk or coax a pre-schooler out of the car, please pull forward well beyond the loading/unloading area so carline can keep moving.
  • Please do not allow your child to get out of the left side of your vehicle. Student helpers will open a door on the right side, and assist younger students to the safety of the sidewalk. Placing carseats on the right side of the car is helpful in this effort.
  • Please do not walk between cars on Greenville. This is extremely dangerous and slows vehicular traffic. For the safety of you and your children, please use Pendleton Street if you would like to park and walk your child to school.
  • If you arrive at school after 8:00 and the gate is closed, please park your car and walk your child in to the office for sign-in. Once students and teachers have reported to class, there is no supervision outside to ensure that your child gets to class.
  • Carline is not a good time to have a parent/teacher conference. Teachers on carline duty must devote their attention to the safety of our students, but will be happy to talk with you at another time.
  • As a courtesy to fellow Mead Hall parents, please enter carline from the southbound side of Greenville and use the parkway cut-through to approach the gate. Cars should not enter carline from Hayne Avenue to cut in front of those who have been waiting their turn.
  • In the interest of safety, please approach carline by crossing over Richland on Greenville,rather than allowing cars to back up onto Richland. Cars idling on Richland block the flow of traffic and are an easy target for a collision.

Afternoon Carline (Fair Weather) 2:20 to 2:30 and 2:50 to 3:00 p.m.

Students will wait for afternoon pick up just inside the gate on Greenville St. When carline ends, any remaining students will be dismissed to the Extended Care building.

Afternoon Carline (Inclement Weather) 2:20 to 2:30 and 2:50 to 3:00 p.m.

Students will gather in the cafeteria. Parents should drive south on Pendleton Street, past the sanctuary toward the cafeteria. Staff will be on duty along the sidewalk on Pendleton Street to bring students to their cars. Please do not allow cars to back up onto Richland. Cars idling on Richland Avenue block the flow of traffic and are an easy target for a collision.

Please share these important reminders with anyone who picks up or drops off your children in carline. Thank you!

Aiken Prep Campus - Grades 5 to 12

Students arriving between 7:00 and 7:45 should enter through the front door of the main building and proceed to Extended Care where they will be supervised until time for school.

Morning Carline (Rain or Shine) 7:45 to 7:55 a.m.

Parents should drive east on Barnwell Ave. in front of the main building and turn right on Florence St. Turn right into the campus and drop off students behind the cafeteria. Circle around and return to Florence St. heading south toward Richland Ave. Rainy day drop off will be at the same location.

Please stay to the right while waiting on Barnwell and Florence, and do not block the faculty parking lot or front entrance drives.

For your child's safety, do not let children out on Barnwell Ave. or in the faculty parking lot. Car line will proceed most efficiently when all follow these simple guidelines.

Students must report to homeroom by 8:00. If students arrive after 7:55, they must be signed in in the front office by a parent or guardian.

Afternoon Carline (Fair Weather) 3:30 to 3:40 p.m.

Parents should line up along Florence Street and Barnwell Avenue, parallel to the brick walls. Parents should not enter any parking lot of the school, including the student lot at Florence and Richland.

Students will wait for afternoon pick up in the grassy area behind the cafeteria. Under the supervision of faculty on duty, students will be permitted to walk along the brick wall and enter their cars, after which parents may carefully pull out and depart.

At 3:45 any remaining students will go to Extended Care. After 3:45 students on the Aiken Prep campus must be in Extended Care, athletic practice, or other supervised activity. Athletes will be instructed by their coaches when and where to report to practice.

Afternoon Carline (Inclement Weather) 3:30 to 3:40 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, all students will be dismissed from one of the three doors on the front of the main building on Barnwell Avenue. All cars should proceed east on Barnwell Avenue and pull through the front circular drive. Teachers will escort students to cars. NOTE: Please be sure to display your student's last name in the windshield to help expedite car line.

Student Parking

Students who drive to school must have a Vehicle Registration form on file in the main office. This form includes information about license, vehicle registration, and insurance. Student parking is located in the area at the corner of Florence and Richland. Seniors are assigned personal spaces, and all other students park on a first-come basis. NOTE: Only student vehicles are permitted in the student lot from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm. Parents will be asked to move their cars if they are observed in the student parking area. This is for the safety of our young drivers.


Permission for operating a vehicle on campus comes with the responsibility to drive safely and park in designated spaces. Any student who drives recklessly on campus will lose the privilege of driving and parking on campus.

Visitor Parking

Visitors may park directly in front of the main building. Cars parked in city medians are subject to towing by Aiken Public Safety.

Please share these important reminders with anyone who picks up or drops off your children in carline. Thank you!