School transport – September 2020
The local authority has updated their guidance about the use of dedicated school transport. I am sharing the document that they have published on their website.
If your son or daughter travels to and from school using one of the bus services provided by the local authority, please read the section about ‘Dedicated School Transport’ very carefully. In particular, note that “based on PHE (Public Health England) recommendations, we (the local authority) ask that all pupils, aged 11 and over wear a face covering provided by their parents, where individual needs allow it.”
If your son or daughter travels to and from school using public transport, please read the section relating to ‘Public Transport Services (Bus or Train)’ carefully. It is important that you realise that “it is mandatory for all passengers on public transport over the age of 11 to wear a face covering, where their individual needs allow it. The Council will not provide face coverings so it is up to pupils and parents/carers to ensure they have one before boarding the vehicle. Pupils who are exempt from wearing a face covering could be asked why they are not wearing one by the driver so to avoid the risk of challenge or being refused travel, it is advisable to carry documentation to prove an exemption if it is available.” More information about exemptions from wearing face coverings can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-forpassengers#exemptions-face-coverings
In its most recent guidance about face coverings (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-in-education/face-coverings-in-education) the government has stated that “it is vital that face coverings are worn correctly and that clear instructions are provided to staff, children and young people on how to put on, remove, store and dispose of face coverings in all of the circumstances above, to avoid inadvertently increasing the risks of transmission. Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.”
Students who travel on the train to school will have a designated carriage to travel in. The carriage will have stickers on to inform school children only, there will be staff on the platform and train to assist and direct the children to the correct carriage.
We continue to liaise with our colleagues at the local authority who organise school transport. If and when there is any further news or updated guidance we will communicate this to you. If you have specific questions about your child’s travel arrangements, please contact them in the first instance.