Posted on: Friday 21 August 2020
During this time of uncertainty, we know that parents and carers have many questions about how their children can return to school safely using council provided school transport.
Transport will be available, but we are encouraging parents and carers to take children to school by walking or cycling. We are working hard to ensure that all transport routes are running so that everyone who has asked for transport will receive it. Due to the Covid-19 situation there might be operational changes to routes or vehicle but be assured parents and carers will be informed of the changes.
Councillor Mandy Owen, executive member for the environment, said: “Your child’s school transport may look different when they return to school this year, so it would be great if parents and carers prepare their children beforehand. Full risk assessments have been undertaken for all routes so we can make it as safe as possible for the children and staff on board.
“The safety of the children and staff is our top priority. This is why we’ve worked closely with schools and made sure our school transport follows Welsh Government guidance.”
For those pupils already in receipt of free school transport or for whom new arrangements have been put in place for September, the mainstream school transport routes will continue to operate as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic.
If transport was not already provided, or you don’t receive confirmation that your child has been allocated a free seat on school transport by 31st August 2020 please contact ITU@torfaen.gov.uk
Find out more information about school transport and view the latest Frequently Asked Questions