Getting back to school

Travelling safely to school

Back to school

Following Government guidelines, social distancing guidelines will not apply on dedicated school or college transport. These dedicated ‘school services’ will be clearly signed and will operate at their full capacity, meaning students will not have to social distance. All students aged 11 and over must wear a facemask, unless you are exempt.

On bus services that are not a dedicated ‘school service’ and have other members of the public present, students will have to socially distance. These services will operate at their limited capacity to ensure social distancing. All students aged 11 and over must wear a facemask, unless you are exempt.

We advise that schools may wish to manage the queuing of students at local bus stops, as this will help to reduce overcrowding and ensure social distancing from members of the public. Schools may also wish to organise students in their ‘bubbles’ to manage students more easily.

If parents or students are car-sharing with someone outside of their support bubble or family, they should share with the same people each time, open the windows for ventilation and wear a face covering if they are over 11 years old and are not exempt. Please refer to the following information from TfL: Travel guidance for schools 

Walking, scooting and cycling!  

We are encouraging all pupils, teachers, parents and carers in Hounslow to walk, scooter or cycle to school. We have introduced measures such as School Streets and footpath widening, as part of TfL’s Streetspace programme to support social distancing and create more space for walking and cycling.   

You can identify the schemes that are operating in your local area by using the Sustrans / TfL map: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/streetspace-for-london/ 

What is a School Street?  

A road that restricts motor traffic near a school during drop-off and pick-up time. This means parents driving to school will not be permitted to park outside the school gate as only pedestrians and cycling are permitted.  

Benefits of a School Street:  

  • Improves road safety  

  • Improves air pollution  

  • Increases walking, cycling and active lifestyles  

  • Minimising local parking pressures and dangerous manoeuvres  

Park and stride  

We understand not all parents can walk or cycle to school. If you live too far away or have another ongoing trip and need to drive to school, please park up away from the school and walk the rest of the way to school. This reduces congestion on the roads near your school and helps pupils to enjoy a sociable walk before the start of the day.  

Planning a safe journey to school  

STARS Safer Journey Planner will help students and parents/carers plan their journeys and provide useful advice on walking, cycling and scooting to school: https://stars.tfl.gov.uk/saferjourneyplanner 

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