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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council

School transport arrangements from September 2021

Dedicated school transport services and transport routes have resumed, but we are encouraging parents and carers to take children to school by walking or cycling, or alternatively by private car, rather than using dedicated school transport.

However, we understand that this will not be possible for some people.

For those pupils already in receipt of free school transport or for whom new arrangements have been put in place for September, the mainstream school transport routes will continue to operate as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public service buses are operating. Please see the current timetables.

We understand that families may be anxious about home-to-school transport arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will do our best to provide support and keep things as consistent as possible by trying to use the same contractor, driver and passenger supervisor.

The Welsh Government has issued guidance for the reopening of schools in September and the Council will be working to those guidelines going forward.

Children should be shown how to secure their seat belts, ensuring that personal contact is kept to an absolute minimum.

We ask that parents and carers help communicate to pupils the importance of following good hand and respiratory hygiene and physical distancing, as this will play a key role in keeping everyone safe.

This means taking the following precautions:

  • Do not travel if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolating as a result of COVID-19 symptoms or sharing a household with somebody who has symptoms or is clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Consider whether using school transport is absolutely necessary
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before leaving the house
  • Avoid physical contact with others
  • Windows will be open for ventilation
  • Face away from other people when using transport
  • Minimise the number of surfaces you touch, and in particular avoid touching surfaces such as handrails and window ledges
  • Do not touch your face
  • Keep the time spent near others as short as possible when using school transport
  • Do not eat or drink whilst using transport
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene. The ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach is very important. Your children can bring tissues on home to school transport, disposing of any which are used before leaving the bus
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands before leaving school and after arriving home

Refusal to comply with health and safety requirements could jeopardise your child’s place on school transport. Your support in reinforcing this message with your child would be greatly appreciated.

To ensure that pupils are not passing each other on the bus, the following procedure is encouraged.

When boarding the bus on the way to school, pupils must sit, taking the rear most available seat and the child or young person nearest the entrance must disembark first. For younger children, we ask parents to be available to help with this.

When boarding the bus on the way home from school, follow instructions from the driver/school staff member. Pupils must enter and sit on the bus in descending order of year group, with the eldest year group going first and taking up the rear most available seat, and the youngest year group entering last and sitting nearer the front.

Only named passengers that have prior approval to travel and are entitled to free school transport will be allowed to use designated home to school transport.

These pupils will be issued with a bus pass - it will not be possible to travel by school bus without a bus pass after 1 September.

Regular checks will be carried out to ensure that all learners travelling on a school bus have a valid bus pass.

We are asking transport operators to follow the Welsh Government Guidance.

This guidance includes actions such as regular sanitising, the thorough cleaning of vehicles and the use of PPE.

The use of face coverings is currently required by Welsh Government by any learners being transported between home/school on dedicated school transport. However, this does not apply to children under the age of 11.

Further information can be found on the Welsh Government website, including how to make a face covering and dispose of them safely.


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