COVID-19 information for school transport

Information for parents and carers

Important school transport information from April 2022. The following advice about school transport is subject to change.

COVID-19

  • Face masks are no longer a requirement on transport, please check with transport operators for individual rules.
  • If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
  • Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
  • It is no longer a requirement to take a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19, to stay at home or to isolate.

If a child becomes unwell during a school day (including testing positive for COVID-19 in any test, such as a lateral flow test, conducted at school or college), parents and carers must arrange their collection from school or college. You cannot use dedicated school transport or public transport.

If a driver or passenger assistant has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive, we may not be able to provide transport. In this case, we will try to find alternative vehicles. Parents and carers may need to transport their children to school until we can resume normal arrangements.

Preventing Infection

The following infection prevention control measures will apply on council funded dedicated school transport:

  • where possible, all children should walk or cycle to school or college. If your child is entitled to free or subsidised transport or pays a fare to use public transport, only use it if necessary.
  • it is expected and strongly recommended that any pupil aged 11 and over travelling to school or college on dedicated school transport wears a face covering, where they are able to. We recommend that those aged under 11 years also wear a face covering where they are able to do so.
  • individual transport operators may decide that passengers MUST wear a face covering on their services. It is recommended that parents/carers check directly with transport operators for any further rules.
  • pupils should continue to socially distance on transport and when queuing at bus stops wherever possible.
  • schools and colleges should continue to have queuing arrangements in place for picking up and dropping off children wherever possible.
  • children should wash their hands thoroughly before and after using transport. We recommend that children carry tissues on transport to catch any coughs or sneezes. They should dispose of tissues safely in a covered bin after leaving the vehicle. They should wash their hands as soon as possible.
  • children should not consume food or drink on dedicated school transport vehicles
  • if your child needs your help to get into a vehicle, we recommend that you:
    • limit the time you spend in the vehicle
    • wear a face covering
    • wash your hands thoroughly before and after
  • transport will still continue to be cleaned regularly on key touch points
  • transport operators will be encouraged to ensure vehicles are well ventilated when occupied by opening windows and ceiling vents

It is strongly recommended for everyone, especially those aged 11 and over, to wear a face covering on public transport unless they are exempt from doing so.

Contacts of confirmed cases on school transport

Children, drivers and passenger assistants who have been in contact with someone who is positive or have developed symptoms whilst at school or on home to school transport do not need to go home to self-isolate unless:

  • they develop symptoms themselves (in which case, they should arrange a PCR test and follow the transport arrangements outlined above) or;
  • they test positive following a lateral flow test or;
  • they have been requested to do so by NHS Test and Trace