If Wayne McNinch ["Kids Should Leave Their Cars at Home," letters, Oct. 26] knows of any metropolitan high school where it would be feasible for most students to walk to school I would like him to apprise me of it. With high schools populated by 2,000-plus students, the geographic areas they draw from are exceedingly large.

My daughters used to walk several blocks in the dark to catch a bus to get to school in a timely manner. It used to take me more than an hour round trip to commute to their school in the afternoons and evenings. With music practice, performances and sports activities sometimes lasting until 10 p.m., I was making at least two trips a day. No school bus service is available at these hours, and organizing a car pool was not practical. With some trepidation I let my children drive to school in their senior year.

Teenage safety issues of every sort (car accidents, violence, tobacco and drug abuse) could be resolved by returning to the model of a smaller, neighborhood high school. Recent problems arguably can be attributed to voters and school boards cramming several thousand young people into a building and calling it a school.

KAREN HOGAN

Reston