Coronavirus - changes to school travel arrangements

Changes to school transport during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ensuring social distancing

We are working closely with our school transport operators to ensure that wherever possible on all school transport vehicles, suppliers maintain social distancing for students. This will help to ensure the safety of students and transport operators. This could mean for example, on bus transport students sit 2 metres apart with gaps between seats and rows.

Encouraging parent transport for SEND students: mileage payment offer

We encourage as many parents and carers as possible to take their children to and from school, to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

To support parents wherever possible we will reimburse parents who take their eligible SEND students to and from school. We will pay the normal mileage rate of 45p per mile, and in addition during this disruption period will, if needed, reimburse parents for home to school travel mileage payments for 4 ways each day (i.e. including payment of mileage for parents to return home after dropping their child off at school).

If you would like to claim a mileage payment from the council or are unable to take your child to and from school, please contact us using our Contact Us form or by phone on 01296 387439. Otherwise your current home to school transport will continue as usual over the current school closure period.

Paid-for school transport from September 2020

The government has issued further guidance for transport operators on social distancing and keeping passengers safe on public transport. We will review what effect this guidance will have on offering spare seats as paid-for school transport, and will provide further updates as soon as we can. In the meantime we have extended the application deadline to 6 July and reduced to one transport offer round. Our paid-for school transport webpages have more information and you can also read our FAQs on school transport