• Steve Stuart

Blog post: Transport Guidance

Amongst all the guidance relating to supporting the roadmap to recovery in the midst of the pandemic there is always the question of what is of immediate relevance to Children's Services Departments.




Some parts are quite clear, the increased numbers of children to attend school from 1st June is pretty clear. But children and young people are also part of wider society. And schools are more than their pupils.


The re-expansion of school's provision therefore links to a number of wider pieces of guidance which we may not automatically include in our aggregate of guidance and updates.





On Monday (11/5) the Department of Transport issued guidance that will have mainly been presented and designed with commuters and those seeking to return to work following the easing of some lockdown measures.


However, these pieces of guidance for transport operators and for passengers will be of interest and relevance to those who support our schools and educational establishments for the overarching principles in terms of supporting pupils and staff to attend and return home again safely and conduction appropriate risk assessments.


Update: On Thursday (14/5) the DfE issued new guidance entitled "Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)". It included the following question:


What protection is needed when transporting children?


If the children or young people being transported do not have symptoms of coronavirus, there is no need for a driver to use PPE.


In non-residential settings, any child, young person or other learner who starts displaying coronavirus symptoms while at their setting should wherever possible be collected by a member of their family or household. In exceptional circumstances, where this is not possible, and the setting needs to take responsibility for transporting them home, or where a symptomatic child or young person needs to be transported between residential settings, you should do one of the following:


  • use a vehicle with a bulkhead

  • the driver and passenger should maintain a distance of 2 metres from each other

  • the driver should use PPE, and the passenger should wear a face mask if they are old enough and able to do so


Links:


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers


- updated 23/05/2020 to detail that you may be asked to remove your facemask for identity purposes.

- updated 28/05/2020 to detail how those with symptoms may arrange a test for COVID-19


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

- updated 28/05/2020 to detail how those with symptoms may arrange a test for COVID-19


Update history

  1. First published 14/05/20

  2. This article was updated at 20:04 on 14/5/20 to include guidance included in "Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)"

  3. This article was updated at 01:35 on 26/05/20 to details the update to the safety advice to passengers.

  4. This article was updated at 20:05 on 28/05/20 with details how those with symptoms canarrange a test for COVID-19

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