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Important news from Nexus
School bus services during Coronavirus
Bus companies and Nexus are providing extra buses to get pupils to and from schools across Tyne and Wear as the new term starts. The extra buses, supported by Government funding, are on top of normal services and dedicated home-school routes so pupils can travel in line with public health advice on Covid-19.
This has gone well with those schools that have returned so far but there are two specific points we need your help with when communicating with pupils, parents and guardians:
- Pupils should wear face coverings when using any public transport, including all buses dedicated to transport to and from schools, except where there is an exemption on health grounds. Please reinforce this with your pupils. Bus drivers may refuse boarding to passengers without face coverings but we and our industry partners want to avoid that situation. Where you require pupils to wear face covering as part of the school day this could be incorporated into your wider messaging – but even if not, can you stress that pupils using public transport have and use face coverings.
- In many cases bus companies are providing duplicate vehicles immediately behind a normal bus to provide segregation for pupils. In these cases pupils will be directed to board the following vehicles which will have the letter ‘S’ displayed alongside the route number. Pupils may need to pay on the normal bus then walk round to the duplicate vehicle. This system has worked effectively in those parts of the region where it started last week – but once again your help in communicating this is appreciated,
As the new term gets going, we have the following general advice for travel:
- Families should plan how their children will reach schools and colleges comfortably – walking and cycling where journeys are shorter, using a car for part of the journey but dropping off away from school gates, and identifying which public transport they can use if they need to.
- There will be extra buses on many services going to or near schools, following established routes. These will include buses on busy routes so pupils can travel separately to other passengers.
- Pupils using public transport should use a contactless card or have exact change to make their journey wherever possible – some operators also have mobile phone ticket apps that allow gifting from parents to a child’s account; check operator websites for details.
- Anyone using public transport should follow standard public health advice – washing hands thoroughly throughout the day, wearing a face covering if aged over 11 and not exempt, and not travelling if they have symptoms of Covid-19. Ensure you maintaining social distancing, where possible, including at busy entrances, exits, under canopies, bus stops, platforms or outside of stations.
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School Travel Update
Dear parent / guardian,
Due to social distancing restrictions, the scholars’ bus service is currently limited to 60 students per bus, however we are grateful to our colleagues at Nexus for arranging additional buses on some of our busiest routes to support our students starting from Monday 7th September.
Important information for bus passengers
- Parents and students should check closely their travel arrangements, including times and routes of buses on the NEXUS website https://www.nexus.org.uk/covid-secure)
- Have the exact fare ready – £1 per single journey. No change will be given
- Pop Cards – see Nexus website for details of how to get a pop card, and for fares with a card
- If using contactless payments, check to see if the operator in both directions have the facility for this.
- Only seats facing forward may be used
- In order to ensure social distancing, please advise your child to sit on the bus as follows:
Y7 Rear of lower deck
Y8 Front of lower deck
Y9 Front of upper deck
Y10 Mid upper deck
Y11 -13 – further back on upper deck by year group
This will run from Thursday 3rd September as usual. Y10 students can return on it in the afternoon but will need to make other arrangements for coming to school in the morning.
The bus will run with a capacity of 60, however an additional bus has been provided from the stop by Heworth Golf Club onwards. This will follow immediately behind the 878. Students must purchase their ticket on the bus in front, then if necessary go to the bus behind to take a seat.
Students travelling from the Fewster Square area are advised to take the 880 back home in the afternoon.
The bus will run with a capacity of 60, however an additional bus has been provided to follow the scholars’ bus and pick up extra students. This will follow immediately behind the 882. Students must purchase their ticket on the bus in front, then if necessary go to the bus behind to take a seat.
879 Festival Park and onward (Morning only)
One bus will run with a capacity of 60 seats. From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary. Students should return on the 880.
880 (Afternoon only)
One bus with a capacity of 60 seats. (see 878 and 882 above). From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary.
881 Saltwell Rd South and onwards
One bus will run with a capacity of 60 seats. From information received from parents we expect that there will be seats for all students who need them. If this is not the case we will issue priority passes as necessary.
Bus passes for scholars’ services (CHCS)
To ensure the safety of students bus passes will be issued to those students with the greatest need. Priority will be given to those at a greater distance from school, younger students, and any students with a specific need.
We are very grateful to those parents who have advised us that they are able to make alternative arrangements for travel to and from school. We hope that as many students as possible will either walk or cycle to school as this will relieve the pressure on school transport, and have the additional benefit of being healthier for the students and the environment. New, more secure cycle sheds have been installed in school to facilitate this.
As ever, we are very grateful for your continued support at this challenging time and hope that you and your family remain safe and well.
Mrs R Flint, Assistant Headteacher