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Coronavirus and school transport

We want to reassure parents that the risk to children from coronavirus (COVID-19) is low. Our transport operators are working hard to ensure your child is safe when travelling. High touch areas are wiped down regularly and vehicles are cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day.

There are measures in place to help keep everybody safe. We ask that your child follows these whilst travelling to and from school.

When your child should not travel

Please do not allow your child to travel if they, or a member of your family, have any symptoms of COVID-19.

We explain what to do if you or your child has symptoms of coronavirus.

You must stay at home and isolate until the result of the test is known.

If your child tests positive from a PCR test or a home test, they must not travel. They must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.

The NHS explains what to do if you test positive for coronavirus.

If your child is identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they will not have to self-isolate if:

  • They are under 18 years old or;
  • They have received both doses of the vaccine (the last one being at least 14 days prior to the contact with the positive case)

Using transport services – bus, coach, minibus or taxi

  • It is highly recommended by Public Health England that face coverings continue to be worn in enclosed spaces – this includes vehicles. Therefore, we expect all students aged 11 or over to wear face coverings when travelling on our services (unless they have a valid exemption) and for younger children to do so if they can
  • On public transport services, the operator has the right to refuse travel if face coverings are not worn, depending on their own policy
  • There is no longer any need to sit in year group or class bubbles, but we do recommend sitting in a consistent seat with the same group of people where possible, particularly if transport is shared with students from other schools
  • On public transport services, please respect other passengers on the bus and avoid crowding around them

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