Sheffield school buses will be running as normal in September
Schools buses will be back up and running in September, to the relief of parents.
There's been an anxious wait for families during summer to see whether school buses can operate because of social distancing and pupils being put into "bubbles" at schools.
Sheffield Council has confirmed buses will be running after working closely with Public Health and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport.
First has committed to prioritising school buses with routes and services running the same as last year. More details about timetables will be available soon.
Families are asked to walk or cycle to school as the first option and to avoid car shares.
Members of the public, who previously could catch certain buses with pupils, will no longer be able to use those services.
Buses will be cleaned before and after each journey and pupils should sit with their year group ‘bubble’.
The council says this helps replicate the social protective year group bubbles being used in many schools and will also assist with contact tracing if there are any positive cases of COVID-19.
Pupils will need to wash or sanitise their hands before and after using the buses and carry tissues and hand sanitiser with them.
Any pupil aged 11 or over will need to wear a face covering, unless exempt, and maintain social distancing at bus stops. They are not allowed to eat or drink on the buses either.
There are more details about going back to school safely here
And information about dedicated school buses will soon be available here