Many Meigs families choose to car pool or drive to school. A car pool is a great way to meet classmates or neighbors attending in your area and it relieves the hassle of driving. You have several ways to connect with families:
Pin an index card with your info on the "Ride Share" board. Looking for someone to ride with? Check the board.
EVRITS ZIPCODE SEARCH Log on to EVRITS to search your zip and meet other Meigs families in your neighborhood. Find out about how they handle transportation. Or network to make a carpool or find a bus buddy. If you are getting Meigs emails, that email is in the system as your login. See screen capture and follow link. LINK TO EVRITS CLICK HERE
MTA Try The Ride
Meigs hosts a "Try the Ride" where you can explore the MTA bus option with your child. Look for the flyer in your first day packets. Even if you only might be considering the bus, this is a great opportunity to check it out and ask questions and meet other students on your neighborhood route. We highly suggest you ride with your child for the first time to get a feel for the experience. The city of Nashville and MTA has done an amazing job carving public transportation for magnet kids all over the city. The 3-4 pm travel time is full of kids.
Sometimes MTA give special passes for Try the Ride. But, be prepared for $ fares (students $2/adults$3 with each transfer) the first few weeks of school until ID's are issued. Then MIDDLE SCHOOL RIDES FREE! Upperclassmen, please be prepared to be ambassadors before loading the bus. Share your bus-riding tips and be a bus buddy. 6-8th graders: ID's from last year should still work for your fair card until your new ID's are issued. Be sure to fill out the MTA permission form in your first day packet to hook your ID to MTA.
The MTA bus service is an excellent transportation choice that fosters independence and responsibility. Middle and High School MNPS Students ride for free with their student IDs. Students are dropped off at the school before 7:45 am and picked up in front of the school at dismissal.
The MTA bus 38X-Antioch Express & 24X Bellevue stops at the front entrance of the school and is the connection at Music City center. Students move in packs. Example: Green Hills students will transfer to the the #2 Bus that drops 10 or 15 kids at Lipscomb or the Green Hills Kroger where Green Hills parents wait for the bus arrival around 4pm. The 24X - Bellevue Express has no transfer. Students catch the bus at Meigs. Ride to the transfer station and then to the park and ride in Bellevue where parents congregate to meet their children. There are stops all over town where Meigs and other magnet school students congregate in your neighborhood.
When you think your child is ready, ride with them for the first time and get to know the other kids on your route. Refer to the MTA guide for your area of town to determine your connector. Find a buddy. Map your times. Your family will be at ease with the process in no time. LOOK for our TRY THE RIDE EVENT SET FOR AUGUST. Meet bus buddies and try the ride. Information is provided in your first day folder.
More about MTA
NEW MTA POLICY ON STUDENT ID's - MTA offers free ridership for MNPS students with registered ID's. Your ID registration with MTA serves as fare and parent permission. Last years ID's will work until September of the following school year when new ID's are issued. You may have limited opportunities to replace the ID if your child loses it. And fines to replace it may be very steep. MTA is working with MNPS to define this policy for lost ID replacement. ID's are issued within the first month of school. You will have to provide your fare money until your child is issued their ID. The ID MUST be linked with a MTA form provided at orientation. Fares are $2 for children. $4 a day. ($3 adults) It is always good to have emergency bus money in the bottom of a back pack. Click MTA STUDENT GUIDE for more info.
Car Rider Info
(Late Arrival or Early Dismissal) If your student will be arriving to school late for any reason, until 8:45 AM they report directly to their classroom. After 8:45 AM they will need to sign in through the Main Office. If a student has been to an appointment, please ask the doctor to provide you with an excuse note for school. Students being dismissed early for appointments will be called to the office when the parent arrives to pick them up. We do not call students from their classroom to wait in the office for a parent to get here so to provide the student with the maximum instructional time possible. A student being dismissed early can only be released to those individuals that are listed on the current Student Information Sheet filled out by parents at the beginning of the school year.
Meigs Student Drop-Off and Pick up Procedures According to school drop-off procedures, students must be dropped off in the back of the building (this includes Fun Company). If parents do not want to drop students off in the back, they may choose to park at the end of 7th street (in the parking spaces adjacent to Douglas Park, but not on 7th street), or they may park on Ramsey street (but not in the front driveway of the school which is the MTA bus lane). However, if parents choose to park next to Douglas Park or on Ramsey Street, they must walk their children up to the school’s side walk starting at 7:30 am.
The following are other procedures to be mindful of: • If you arrive early to drop off a student (prior to 7:25 am), please park in the left lane and leave a space open so staff members can access the back parking lot. The right lane should only be used by parents who are dropping off students enrolled in Fun Company. • If the left lane is full, feel free to park in the back park ing lot spaces by the soccer fields and then rejoin the right lane of traffic starting at 7:25 am. • If you arrive early to drop off a student, they must stay in the car with you until 7:25 am. At this time, Mr. King or Mr. Beasley will begin the process of unloading. • Please refrain from entering the school parking lot from 7th street. This is an exit only. It is clearly marked as an exit. Entering this way could cause a serious accident and may result in a traffic ticket. • Please do not park on 7th street along the side of the building in the morning or afternoon. There are signs that clearly state it is illegal to park there during these times. This may result in a traffic ticket. In addition, it creates an unsafe situation for parents who are exiting the parking lot.
Ultimately, our procedures are in place to keep both parents and students safe. We appreciate your cooperation in this process!
We will print Carpool Cards with your unique carpool number for all of the students in the carpool. This will allow all parents to have a copy of the Carpool card. We will also give a hang tag to the primary driver.
If you lose or forget to bring the card, feel free to write the carpool number on a large piece of paper with a thick marker and place it on your dash board during student pickup.
We will strive to get these cards out within 2-3 weeks of the beginning of school.
You will probably have a different car pool number than last year.
Please discard the old Carpool numbers once we distribute the new ones to avoid confusion.