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Traffic delays expected near schools because of pandemic

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More Carroll parents will be driving their children to and from school this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Carroll Police Department is asking passerby traffic to be more cautious and avoid those areas during pickup and drop-off times.

The first day of school is set for Tuesday.

Local school officials are limiting the number of children on buses by more strictly enforcing distance-from-school rules and encouraging parents to give rides or walk if they can.

“Slow down and watch for extra foot traffic from students and parents walking kids to school, but we just don’t have a good idea on how much that will increase,” Police Chief Brad Burke said. “We are fully expecting more vehicle traffic, though.”

Schools will have expanded drop-off times — some as early as 7:30 a.m. — and Burke advised parents to watch for more detailed information from school officials.

He’s most concerned, however, with afternoons, when school building dismissals are more closely clustered.

Road construction also is expected to complicate the issue.

Burke said his officers will assist with traffic flow and pedestrian safety near schools for days or weeks.

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