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School transport and coronavirus

There will be some alterations to home to school transport in September 2021 due to the national changes of COVID-19 regulations

Services must continue in a COVID-19 safe way to:

  • protect the most vulnerable in our community
  • protect members of the public travelling on bus services carrying school pupils
  • adhere to government advice recommending the continued wearing of face coverings on public transport

We strongly advise that all measures shown in the following video continue to be followed to ensure all pupils have a safe journey.

Information for parents

We're following government guidance to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

It's important that your child follows this guidance where possible when travelling to and from school.

If it's possible for your child to be able to travel to school safely by walking with someone, cycling or by car, we'd encourage them to do so.

Where this is not possible, school transport will continue to be provided for pupils that are entitled to it and for those who pay to use it where available.

Your child must not travel if:

  • they're experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms
  • they're self-isolating as a result of COVID-19 symptoms
  • they've tested positive for COVID-19

View the latest guidance on when to self-isolate and what to do

If your child has symptoms, no matter how mild they are, they can get a test.

It's advised that pupils over the age of 11 continue to wear a face covering if they can when travelling to and from school. However, there are a number of children and young people who cannot wear a face covering due to physical or mental condition or impairment, or where wearing a face covering would cause severe distress.

Find out more about safer travel guidance for passengers.

If possible, your child should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise their hands both before the journey and as soon as possible after the journey when they get into school or home.

Where possible, your child should be encouraged to have their own sanitiser as well as some tissues in case they need to cough or sneeze. If they don't have tissues but need to sneeze or cough, they should do this into the crook of their elbow, to protect the other passengers in the vehicles.

Where possible, your child should continue to sit with children or young people from within their year group and in the same seat every day, to minimise different year groups from unnecessary mixing.

Operators are working hard to ensure that preventative measures are in place to ensure maximum safety, such as the continued enhanced vehicle cleaning and the ventilation of vehicles during school journeys.

Contact information

If you have any enquiries about school transport, contact the school transport section:

  • email: schooltransport@derbyshire.gov.uk
  • tel: 01629 536740 or 01629 536749
  • write to:
    School Transport Section
    Economy, Transport and Environment
    Derbyshire County Council
    County Hall
    Matlock
    Derbyshire
    DE4 3AG