Important information re public transport for students
Important information below regarding public transport for students
Dear Parent / Carer
Please find below, a letter from Derbyshire transport services for Y10 & Y12 pupils who may be using public transport to access school after the 15th June.
Over 165 of you have already completed the school survey released in the last letter, to indicate of you are planning for your child to return after the 15th June. Can I please ask, if you have not yet completed the school survey, that you do so as soon as possible. I have extended the deadline to 7pm today (09.06.20), we do need clear information to support our planning and it would be very useful to have as many responses as possible.
Thank you and take care
You will be aware that the Government announced on 4 June 2020 that face coverings will be required while using public transport in England from Monday 15 June 2020. Further information is available from the following link:
The Council’s advice for mainstream school transport is detailed below:
Advice to schools/parents/students
Wherever possible, pupils should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or catch a lift, but for some this will not be possible.
Although many school buses are only available to pupils, it is still considered a public space and the wearing of face coverings should apply to Y6, Y10 and Y12 pupils when they board, during the journey and when they alight the vehicle. Young children in Reception and Y1 are unlikely to be able to wear face coverings and discretion should be used for this age group. Drivers are expected to wear a face covering at all times during the journey.
Face coverings do not need to be medical grade PPE masks and people can make their own using scarves or other textiles. Coverings must cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably. Pupils should wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before putting on their face covering on and after taking it off.
If pupils do not abide by these regulations, the driver has the right to refuse travel. If a student fails to comply at certain points during the journey, or the driver has concerns about the conduct of a pupil, they will report this to school so appropriate action can be taken.
This guidance has been issued to help keep pupils and drivers safe during the journey. Other safety measures such as 2m social distancing and ventilation will remain in place.
Please could you ensure that this message is communicated to all families of students expecting to travel to school by school/public transport, as this will apply to all passengers from Monday 15th June 2020.
The School Bus Team
Economy, Transport and Environment
Derbyshire County Council