Getting Children to School

The Guidance for ‘Dedicated school Transport’ does not require the social distancing in place for public transport. This means that we will largely be running our normal service and vehicle capacity.

From the 14th of September pass checks will be mandatory. Please carry your pass
Boarding a service:

It is important that you arrive at your bus stop 5 minutes before departure.

Please wait and queue in an organised manner adhering to social distancing. When boarding the vehicle from your designated stop please board one passenger at a time.
As far as is logistically possible we will group children on the vehicles to reflect the year group Bubbles in school, however, on some journeys, this may not be possible.

All vehicles will be colour coded to mirror the year bubbles at school please go to your year seating area once you enter the vehicle.

Year Group Bubble Key

Hand Sanitiser:
We would request that children have their own hand sanitiser and use it before boarding and on disembarking.

Due to the increased number of Covid-19 cases, Essex County Council has updated their guidance on face masks/coverings. The LEA, Schools and Dons Coaches would like to reiterate the message to both students and parents, that students over the age of 11 must wear face coverings on transport to and from school. The face-covering needs to be in place as they board the vehicle and not be removed until they have completely left the vehicle. This is extremely important to ensure transport can remain in place at all schools and the risk of infection is minimised. Where students repeatedly fail to wear a covering and they are not medically exempt, names will be taken and school informed so they can address this.

Please go through the information below with your child and at home to reinforce the safe wearing of face coverings.

A face covering should:

  • Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably

  • Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face

  • Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops

  • Be made of a material that you find to be comfortable and breathable, such as cotton

  • Ideally include at least two layers of fabric (the World Health Organisation recommends three depending on the fabric used)

  • Unless disposable, it should be able to be washed with other items of laundry according to fabric washing instructions and dried without causing the face-covering to be damaged

When wearing a face covering you should:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitise before putting a face covering on

  • Avoid wearing on your neck or forehead

  • Avoid touching the part of the face-covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus

  • Change the face-covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it

  • Avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession (for example, when leaving and entering shops on a high street)

When removing a face covering:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before removing

  • Only handle the straps, ties or clips

  • Do not give it to someone else to use

We understand that students will be dubious about returning and using school transport again. All of us at Dons Coaches will do our utmost to ensure that students feel safe we ask for your help in:

  • Staying in your seats

  • Respect your space and those around you

  • Do not distract the driver and respect their personal space

  • Try to keep touch points down to a minimum


Disembarking a service:
Once we arrive at the school all school vehicles will drop one by one outside student reception, we ask you to remain in your seats until this point.

Double deckers - Students from the bottom deck will depart first followed by the top deck starting front to back.

SINGLE DECK- Please depart the vehicle front to back. Please do not push, be patient and
respectful to all students.

End of School day:
Students will be dismissed in a staggered manner between 3.05 and 3.10 (3.05 - A, C and E blocks, 3.10 - S, B and D Blocks)

You will be directed to the vehicles which will be parked as normal in the school turning circle and down the entrance road, please walk straight to your vehicle (Route signs will be shown at the front of the vehicles) and again sanitise your hands face masks on and when you enter the vehicle find a seat in your year Bubble area and remain seated the vehicles should depart around 15:25.

Disinfecting/Sanitising the Vehicles:
In Accordance with current guidelines all our vehicles will be disinfected/sanitised using daily enhanced cleaning regimes. Any Vehicle that is used on more than one route will be sanitised between journeys.

Anyone with Symptoms in the household:
Please do not travel if you or anyone in your household is displaying symptoms of covid-19.

Final Note:
We thank you for taking the time to read this and ask for your support in implementing the measures put in place.


Students who do not comply with this guidance will not be able to travel.

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