School transport during coronavirus
July 2021 – Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown
From 19 July, government school transport guidelines recommend that, on school transport buses and taxis:
- children and young people aged 11 and over should continue to wear a face covering when travelling on dedicated transport to secondary school or college unless they are exempt
- although distancing requirements no longer apply, unnecessary overcrowding should be avoided
- frequent and thorough hand cleaning should continue to be regular practice using soap and running water or hand sanitiser
- pupils should always follow the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' approach to respiratory hygiene.
We continue to work closely with our transport suppliers to ensure that they understand and follow the guidance for transport operators concerning coronavirus issued by the government and Public Health England.
All our transport operators must carry out a risk assessment and ensure that:
- arrangements are in place for regular and thorough cleaning of vehicles after each school run
- vehicles are well ventilated when occupied
- staff are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
It is still a requirement for all drivers and passenger assistants to wear face coverings whilst transporting students on Buckinghamshire Council contracts.
The only exception to this is where the risk assessment demonstrates that an appropriate protective screen has been fitted in a vehicle and Buckinghamshire Council have agreed to accept this assessment. The driver would then not be required to wear a face covering, but a passenger assistant would still need to as they sit with the children.