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Coronavirus and school transport

We want to reassure parents that the risk to children from coronavirus (COVID-19) is low.

All of our transport operators are working hard to ensure your child is safe when travelling. High touch areas are wiped down regularly and vehicles have enhanced cleaning at the end of each day.

There are a number of measures put in place to help keep everybody safe.

If your child or family shows symptoms

Please do not allow your child to travel if they, or a member of your family, have any symptoms of COVID-19.  These are: a new persistent cough, high temperature or change in sense of taste or smell.  Children should stay home for 10 days if this is the case.

Read more about how to get tested for COVID-19.

School testing programme

If your child does a home test before they travel to school in the morning, and that test is positive, then they need to stay at home and book a COVID-19 test.

If your child is tested at school, and that test is positive, then the school will contact you to collect them and they will need to stay home for 10 days.

Dedicated school transport, including bus, mini bus or taxi

  • Social distancing guidance does not apply to dedicated school transport. This is because students are not sharing with members of the general public and are generally, or mostly, with the same group of students each day.
  • Face coverings must be worn by anyone aged 11 or over, and by younger children if they are able to do so safely, unless they have a valid exemption. The face coverings do not need to be medical grade. Please ensure they are worn correctly covering the nose and mouth. Store them in a small sealable bag during the day.
  • Students should sit with others from their year group or bubble if possible
  • If transport is shared with students from another school, then students should sit with others from their own school and bubble where possible. They should leave space between themselves and the students from the other school when they can.

Public transport

  • Students should observe social distancing guidelines on public services and sit in the seats marked. They can sit next to others from their family or school.
  • Face coverings are compulsory on public transport unless someone has an exemption

Frequently asked questions

High touch areas such as door handles, seat belts, railings and arm rests, will be wiped down regularly and vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

Some windows on the bus will be open to help prevent the spread infection by increasing airflow through the vehicle.

Tell your child to always follow instructions from the driver, and the passenger assistant if there is one.

Give your child a small hand sanitiser to carry with them so they can clean their hands before and after their journey.

Remind your child not to touch their face if they touch door handles, seat belts, railings or any other part of the vehicle until they have used hand sanitiser or washed their hands.

Remind your child to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water when they arrive at school and return home.

No they can’t, but it is strongly advised that you ask your child to obey any driver request or to use their own hand sanitiser. It is for their own safety as well as that of others.
No, this is not a requirement of travel and drivers should not be doing this.

While they are waiting, children should keep their distance from other passengers. They should stay on the footpath and be considerate of people who may be passing by.

They should always allow other passengers to get off the vehicle before they try to board.

Once on the bus, passengers should sit side by side where possible and avoid face to face contact, such as close talking.

When leaving the vehicle, passengers should get off the bus from the front, row by row starting with the lower deck first and then the upper deck.

Social distancing guidance will not apply on dedicated school transport such as the bus, minibus or taxi. This is because students will not be sharing the space with members of the general public and will generally, or mostly, be with the same group of students each day.

If transport is shared with students from another school, where possible, your child should sit with others from their own school and bubble. They should leave space between them and the students from the other school if they can.

On dedicated school transport all vehicles can be loaded to their normal capacity as there are no social distancing requirements. However children should sit with others from their own year group where possible.
Some vehicles do have children from different schools on them, but children are asked to sit separately from each other. Getting on and off the bus and passing other children on the vehicle is not considered to be a risk of catching the virus as there is no prolonged face to face contact.
Only if they are using public transport, where social distancing rules apply.
Students should observe social distancing guidelines on public services and sit in the seats marked. They can sit next to others from their family or school.
Your child should wait for the next bus or until a relief bus can get to the stop. Please remember the responsibility for the child before they board is with parents and not the local authority.

Face coverings must be worn by anyone aged 11 or over, and by younger children if they are able to do so safely, unless they have a valid exemption.  Face coverings do not need to be medical grade.

Please make sure your child knows how to wear their face covering correctly – covering the nose and mouth.   Ask your child to keep their face covering in a small sealable bag during the school day.

Face coverings are compulsory on public transport for anyone aged 11 or over unless they have an exemption.

If your child is travelling on dedicated home to school transport, as this is a condition of travel, then we will ask what the exemption is so that we can authorise travel without one.

If your child uses public transport then they may need to get an exemption card – it is best to check with the transport operator what their rules are.

Your child will probably be asked to sit at the front of the vehicle as a risk management measure.

We will work with the families and schools to understand why children are not wearing masks. We will try and explain to children why it's important they wear a mask.

On dedicated school transport it may lead to a temporary ban from transport unless the children start to comply.

On public transport children will be refused travel as it is mandatory by law unless they have an exemption.

Drivers are not required to wear face coverings as there is minimal close face-to-face contact with passengers. However if they are assisting a passenger in any way then we ask them to wear one.

Your child should not travel to school and should get a test.  If a family member they live with has any symptoms, then your child should stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days unless the family member has a negative test.

Read more about how to get tested for COVID-19.

Your child should self-isolate for 10 days and not travel to school if they test positive.  If a family member they live with tests positive, then your child will need to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Read more about when to keep your child off school.

There is no need to self-isolate or get a test in these situations, unless your child or a family members starts to have any symptoms.

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