Parents in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to think of alternative ways to get children to and from school when classes resume in September.
Coronavirus has seen the majority of students learning from home since the crisis began.
But with the Government confirming plans to bring all children back when the new school year returns, education chiefs in Staffordshire are urging parents to consider walking or cycling options for pupils.
Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for learning, said reductions in public transport capacity could lead to parking problems outside local schools.
“Many children walk or cycle to school already and obviously we want them to continue, because it’s good for them and good for the environment.
“However, we are very worried that the number of people who travel to school by car may increase in the autumn.
“If school run traffic does rise there will be more road congestion, parking problems outside already busy schools and increased air pollution.
“We have already begun working with schools to develop local travel plans where appropriate and we want parents to think if their child can walk or cycle to school – and if that’s not possible look at ideas like ‘park and stride’ where they can be safely dropped off and picked up a little distance from the school rather than at the gates.”Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council
Cllr White said the council would be working through the summer with headteachers and transport companies regarding travel planning.
But he warned parents that it was “not a return to normality in September”.
“There are 401 schools in Staffordshire, with 800 home to school transport routes moving 8,000 pupils-– it’s a huge operation and then you have tens of thousands more journeys to add in.
“We hope that schools and their communities can work together to reduce the number of cars at school gates and the council will support them as much as we can.
“We are keeping the situation under review and will update parents as the situation changes, but it’s essential that parents start planning ahead because it is not a return to normality in September.”Cllr Philip White, Staffordshire County Council