As you will be aware, there are new measures that have been put into place by the Cumbria County Council with regard to safe travel on the buses.
Please see below for a condensed summary of the key information and guidance that your child, if travelling by bus, needs to follow:
- Unless it is possible on the transport used, social distancing will not apply on dedicated school transport from the Autumn term 2020, in line with Government guidance.
- Parents and carers are responsible for supporting their child to maintain social distancing whilst queuing at bus stops.
- Hand Sanitiser will be provided on board the vehicle and it should be used by pupils when getting on, and getting off the bus.
- Face masks must be worn whilst on the buses
- Students are not to travel if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms
- Students are not to travel if they are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or sharing a household, support bubble, or having come into close contact with somebody with symptoms.
- Inappropriate behaviour whilst travelling on the buses will not be accepted and may result in the temporary removal from the bus route
The students have been placed in a specific seating plan, which they must keep to when they are sitting on the bus. This has been done in an attempt to minimise the mixing of different year groups, where achievable, on the different bus routes. On the first morning the bus will have a copy of the seating plan at the front for reference. Staff at WHS will be checking to make sure that students are sat in their appropriate seats at the end of the school days regularly.
Ultimately, our aim is to make sure that all of our learners get to and from the school site in the safest way possible, during these trying times.