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School Transport FAQs

School Transport FAQs

Does my child need to wear a face covering on dedicated school transport? 

Yes. Following the Government announcement on 25th August, adults, children and young people aged 5 and over are travelling on dedicated school transport must wear a face covering (unless exemptions apply).

Please note that any face coverings left on the transport will be disposed of by the operator and not be retained as lost property.

My child has difficulty wearing a face covering, what should I do?

We understand that some children and young people may have physical or emotional concerns around wearing a mask. Parents and carers should discuss this with their individual school.

I would rather take my child to school during Covid-19, can I do this?

Yes, you do not need to take up the offer of transport.

To ease congestion in and around schools children and their parents/carers are encouraged to travel to school on foot, bike or scooter if possible. In order to ensure social distancing please do not park outside of schools or in school grounds.

Can my child travel on other dedicated school transport?

No. Pupils must only travel on the transport that has been allocated to them. This will avoid any capacity issues.

Will there be social distancing on school transport?

Dedicated school transport should be regarded as an extension of the school estate and physical distancing measures between pupils are not required irrespective of age subject to mitigations in place.

What is meant by mitigations?

Important mitigations include:

  • face coverings
  • hygiene
  • ventilation
  • enhanced cleaning regimes including regular and thorough cleaning of surfaces
  • regular handwashing (see below)
What mitigations are in place on my child’s transport?
  • Face coverings should (unless exemptions apply) be worn on dedicated school transport by all children aged five and over, bringing it into line with guidance for public transport
  • Vulnerable passengers or those self-isolating due to contact with someone with symptoms should not to travel.
  • Parents should ensure their children’s hands are clean prior to boarding school transport.
  • Vehicle will travel with windows open where possible or air conditioning switched on to assist with ventilation.
  • Passengers are asked to remain seated and not swap seats while vehicle in motion.
  • The consumption and sharing of food and drink is not allowed.
  • Children and young people should be encouraged to carry tissues on home to school transport.
  • Passengers should travel with their bags on their knees.
Do I need to reserve a seat on school transport?

If your child is entitled to free home to school transport, there is no requirement to reserve a seat as they will be allocated transport in accordance with Education’s Home to School Transport policy.

My child is showing symptoms, can they travel?

Children, young people and adults must not board dedicated school or public transport if they, or a member of their household, have symptoms of Covid-19.

If a child or young person develops symptoms while at school they will be sent home. They must not travel on regular home-to-school transport. The school will contact the parent/carer who should make appropriate and safe arrangements to collect the child or young person.

In this situation, the wearing of a face covering by the child or young person on the journey home is strongly advised.

What enhanced cleaning measures will be put in place?

Frequent, thorough cleaning will be carried out paying particular attention to all hand contact surfaces areas such as doors, handrails, seatbelts etc.

Do drivers and adults travelling on dedicated school transport need to wear a face covering?

Yes. Drivers operating school transport services are required to wear a face covering.

Drivers of taxis and minibuses are also required to wear face coverings.

Any adults travelling by dedicated school transport should wear face coverings and keep one metre distant from others.

We recognise that the circumstances of many children with Additional Support Needs require adult carers to travel with the children, often in close proximity.

In general, it is advised that these adults should be very alert to symptoms, and should wear face coverings as a general rule. However, this should be balanced with the wellbeing and needs of the child, recognising that face coverings may limit communication and could cause distress to some children.

Any face coverings or PPE will be covered in individual pupil risk assessments.

Will my bus be at a different time?

Timetables for the large bus journeys can be found by on our school bus timetable web page. Parents will be notified of specific timings for taxis and minibuses.

My child travels by taxi – do they need to wear a face covering or physically distance?

As with dedicated school bus and coach services, physical distancing requirements are not necessary.

It is recommended that in private hire vehicles (which are typically saloon cars) children and young people travel on the back seat and wear face coverings.

If a child is travelling alone, it is recommended that they sit in the back left hand seat of the car.

What additional measures will be in place for ASN Transport?

As a general rule transport arrangements are the same as mainstream, however individual assessments may be required to be carried out on a child-to-child basis.

My child needs an escort what additional measures will be in place?

Escorts will have to sit 1m away from driver and pupils were possible (individual seating layouts may need to be reviewed), wearing of face coverings and gloves/use of hand sanitiser are mandatory for escorts.

General school transport queries

I’ve applied for a privilege pass space – when will I hear about a space? 

Please note that there are currently no Privilege Pass spaces available for Alloa/Tullibody to St Modan’s High School for 2020/21 and very limited number for Clackmannan/Hillfoots. If this situation changes during the course of the academic year, parents will be informed.

You may wish to e-mail education@clacks.gov.uk or for further information on the privilege pass scheme, please refer to our web page.

Where do I find the timetable for the school bus? 

School Bus timetables are available via the link given.

For routes which are not listed, such as small bus and taxi journeys, please call the operator directly.

I’ve moved address in the last school year and not heard about transport, what do I do?

Please complete a school transport application form and we will evaluate the request and ensure the school records show the correct address as we perform a check with them.

I’ve moved address in the last school year no longer need transport, what do I do?

Please email transportcoordination@stirling.gov.uk advising the pupil name and school they attend.

Have bus passes been sent out?

Bus passes for those routes which require a pass have been sent by the transport coordination team.