Schools in Carroll County are preparing for returning for the 2020-2021 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Carrollton City Schools, Aug. 3 will be the first day of school for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, and all other grades will have their first day of school on Aug. 4

Administrators plan to communicate more of their plans the week of July 6 and are gathering feedback in order to make final decisions on protocols to safely re-open schools. They plan to hold open houses between July 28 and July 31 for Carrollton Elementary School, Carrollton Upper Elementary School, and Carrollton Junior High School.

Meanwhile, Carroll County School System is in Phase 2 of a phased reopening plan that aims to start face-to-face instruction on Aug. 4.

Phase 2 consists of limited onsite activities for students, and expectations that employees will report to work in accordance with their work calendar. While school may not be in session because of summer vacation, these limited onsite activities could include summer camps or sports for students.

When schools open in August, officials plan for face-to-face instruction, which is covered both by either Phase 3 or Phase 4 of their plan, either of which could be in effect at the time due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

“Phase 3” envisions the start of “blended distance learning,” in which schools open with a mix of traditional face-to-face learning distance learning. Employees of the school system would report to work according to their schedule.

The final phase, ”Phase 4” would be the traditional face-to-face learning, but school administrators will make accommodations for individual students.

If parents are concerned about their child returning to school, they are encouraged to contact that student’s school before the reopening to allow officials to answer any questions or address any concerns, according to Dr. Jessica Ainsworth, Assistant Superintendent of School Performance at Carroll County School System.

“We are excited to welcome our kids back in the building,” said Ainsworth.