Travelling to School during Coronavirus pandemic

This page details how the Coronavrus pandemic is affecting the current travel options your child has.

Home to School Travel Assistance

Doncaster Council provides travel assistance and transport for a number of children and young people across the borough to ensure they are able to travel to school in a way that suits their needs. The council’s Travel Assistance service will continue to operate following the reopening of schools, ensuring ongoing arrangements and continued attention to all aspects of health and safety.

HOWEVER, the council and school staff are asking that families who access home to school travel assistance consider whether they are able to transport their own children as an alternative measure during this time. If you ARE able to transport your child as a temporary measure, you will be paid mileage for this as 45p per mile.

This request has been made because it is not usually possible to apply the recommended social distancing when a child is in a taxi, and this will be difficult even in a bus. If you are not able to transport your child, your travel assistance arrangements will be honoured. Where we are able to continue to provide transport for children, drivers and escorts will carefully observe Public Health recommendations for minimising risk and the use of PPE.

It is our priority that children are safely transported and protected and that drivers, escorts, parents and school staff are all protected.  While we cannot ensure that drivers and escorts remain unchanged, we will do our best to keep transport arrangements as regular as possible.

Who should I contact?

If your child does access home to school travel assistance, we are asking parents to contact their school to inform them of their travel requirements, whether that is that they need to access travel assistance, or whether they are able to transport their child to school and would like to claim mileage. Your school will then make arrangements with us. General information can be found on our Home to School Travel Assistance page.

Travelling to School using Public Transport

Many public transport services in Doncaster are continuing to run, but to ensure that strict social distancing rules are adhered to, a reduced number of passengers are able to use these services. South Yorkshire Transport are therefore encouraging families to choose public transport only when no other option is available to them, and to walk or cycle for short journeys.

Face coverings must be used on public transport including dedicated school buses.

Parents are asked to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel. Social distancing may mean that buses may get full more quickly and pupils waiting at a bus stop may see buses drive past with ‘Bus Full’ signs on their destination screens. When buses have reached capacity (when approximately one in every four seats is taken) the driver will only pull up at the stop to let a passenger get on if a passenger needs to get off. A strict ‘one-off, one-on’ policy will be in place. Pupils will need to allow extra time for their journey and be prepared to wait.

You can find more information about changes to public transport in South Yorkshire.

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Last updated: 05 August 2020 13:34:24