COVID-19 information for school transport

Information for parents and carers

Important school transport information from September 2021. The following advice about school transport is subject to change.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Children must not travel to school if they: 

  • are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms 
  • are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms or a positive PCR or lateral flow test
  • have been advised by the NHS test and trace service to self-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 travelling to school or college on dedicated school transport or public transport continues to wear a face covering, where they are able to.
  • Each transport operator is able to decide if 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.

Paid for transport (post 16 transport and concessionary)

Post-16 transport is running as normal. Eligible pupils need to pay the relevant contribution.

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.