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Hertfordshire County Council

Dedicated school transport

Mainstream schools

All vehicles contracted by us will run as normal from September.

Confirmation of travel, including tickets for buses and taxis, will be sent out by 28 August.
 

Social distancing and face coverings

Social distancing is not required on dedicated school transport.

Whilst face coverings are not compulsory on dedicated school transport, we strongly encourage children to wear them unless they are exempt.

Safety measures on mainstream transport

We've emailed all entitled students' families about safety measures. That includes the following:

  • additional vehicles will be arranged to assist with social distancing
  • vehicles will be cleaned regularly, including anti-bacterial wipe down of handrails, door handles and all surfaces that passengers may touch
  • anti-bac wipes and hand sanitiser will be provided
  • drivers don’t have to wear face coverings whilst driving, for health and safety reasons, but passenger assistants must always wear face coverings
  • on coaches where there is no driver protection screen, the front 2 passenger seats won't be used
  • drivers (without a protection screen) and passenger assistants must leave the vehicle at the schools and stand away from the exit when students get on or off
  • at schools or bus stops, drivers and passenger assistants must wear a face covering when not in the vehicle.

 
Mileage reimbursement

We'll be reviewing the offer of mileage reimbursement in the autumn term and may require children to travel by bus/coach from January 2021.

You'll receive a letter explaining the process.

 

Special schools

All taxis and minibuses to special schools will run as normal from September.

You will receive details of your home to school transport towards the end of August.

Social distancing

Social distancing is not required, but your transport provider will contact you about safety measures they've put in place to maximise pupil safety.

Children will be expected to travel in a shared vehicle unless there are specific circumstances that mean your child needs to travel alone.

More information on the opening of special schools.

Safety measures on special school transport

We're working with schools and operators to minimise risk. Safety measures include:

  • drivers and passenger assistants will wear face coverings as appropriate
  • vehicles will be cleaned regularly, including anti-bacterial wipe down of handrails, door handles and all surfaces that passengers may touch
  • anti-bac wipes and hand sanitiser will be available
  • on larger vehicles (minibuses), children will be directed to sit in the same seat (where possible) with the same child or children on every journey
  • windows will be open whilst moving to ensure the vehicle is well ventilated.


Public transport

Operators of public bus routes and rail lines expect a full service to be resumed by September.

Duplicate vehicles may run on busy routes to assist with social distancing. Where a school duplicate bus service is provided, it may be operated by a different company and may run up to 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled service.

  • Social distancing is required when travelling on local bus services, but not on a duplicate service exclusively for students.
  • All children over the age of 11 must wear a face covering on public transport, unless they are exempt.
  • If you have a Hertfordshire SaverCard, we'll send you advice for travelling safely.


Spare seats (education routes)

We're currently unable to process any spare seat applications due to uncertainty about the capacity and availability of seats on E-routes.

We'll be reviewing the situation in line with government guidelines but parents hoping for a spare seat on an E-route must be prepared to make their own transport arrangements for the start of the 2020/21 academic year at least.

If you wish to apply for a spare seat on an E-route for the 2020/21 academic year, contact transfer.admissions@hertfordshire.gov.uk after 14 September 2020.

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