Following the publication of guidance on 2 July regarding the reopening of schools, the Department for Education published specific school transport guidance on 11 August. We are now able to provide further information about arrangements from September.
Derbyshire County Council has published its own parent and student guidance and but a few key points are detailed below.
In respect of services that are normally open to the general public, the Council has either closed the journey so only school students can travel, provided a duplicate service or, where passenger numbers are very low, taken no action as it will still be possible to comply with the 1m plus social distancing rule. A copy of bus timetables for Belper School and Sixth Form Centre from September 2020 are attached and any changes have been highlighted.
In respect of students who are not entitled to a free bus pass, and who normally pay to travel, a standard £1.00 single fare will be levied on dedicated school transport (this only applies to bus services that are contracted by Derbyshire County Council School Transport Office). Students will have to pay the exact fare as change will not be offered. This is to remove the need for drivers to have to handle cash and a passenger notice has been sent to operators so it can be displayed in the vehicle.
Information is also available on the Council’s website from the following link https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health-protection/disease-control/coronavirus/schools/school-transport/school-transport-and-coronavirus.aspx
You can also access Derbyshire County Council’s information sheet, Home to school transport from September 2020 – Information for parents, carers and students by clicking here.
To view or download the current Student Transport timetable, please click here.
You may apply on-line for school transport assistance through the Derbyshire County Council website at derbyshire.gov.uk/get2school. Alternatively you can call their School Transport Team direct on 01629 537499.