September 2020 bus update

24th August 2020

Dear Parent,

We hope you are well and have had an opportunity this summer to spend some quality time with your family. We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on our college transport provision for September 2020.

All of our college buses, S1, S2, S3, S4 and S5, will be operating on their normal routes and stops from Thursday 3rd of September. The college is adopting a phased return so the buses will gradually move to their capacity as students in each year group return. First Bus have informed us that students will be able to purchase their ticket in the normal ways. These five buses are for the use of our students only, so unlike any other service which students may use, there will be no members of the public on them.

As a college, we would really appreciate your help in supporting the use of these services as we are financially liable if the number of passengers falls below a figure set by First Bus. We recognise and respect however that parents may wish to use alternative means of transporting their child to and from college. The college will be following published DfE guidance regarding travelling on school buses which is available here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020

Please can you impress on your child that good conduct on their bus is imperative. They must remain in their seat for the duration of the journey and must not touch their face masks at any time. If any students do behave in an unsafe manner, the school will employ its usual behavioural referral systems which may result in a student not being allowed to travel on school buses.

IMPORTANT POINTS

  1. Students must currently wear a face mask at all times whilst travelling on a First Bus.
  2. On arrival, students will dispose of their face mask in the bin provided, or place them in their own sealable bag. Students should not touch the front of their face covering during use, or when removing it.
  3. Students will be allocated specific seating areas on the bus, so that we can separate year group bubbles as much as possible during the journey.
  4. When students exit the bus, they will be asked to use hand sanitiser before leaving the bus bay area.

Please be assured that we will be monitoring the college buses closely on our return in September. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact us at college. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Greg McClarey                                                     Danny McCormack

Headteacher                                                        Deputy Headteacher