As children across South Yorkshire prepare to return to school, Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “South Yorkshire’s schools, local authorities and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have been working incredibly hard to make sure the return to school runs as smoothly and safely as possible.
“The new term will bring a unique set of challenges for schools, and I completely understand and share the anxieties of parents and teachers as pupils return to the classroom. I would like to reassure parents that there will be a number of measures in place to protect pupils, teachers, and their families, including on school transport.
“Government funding has allowed for additional school transport to be available where it is most needed, and a number of extra measures will be in place on board to keep pupils safe. Some public transport services used by school pupils will now become dedicated school services, and pupils will be encouraged to wear face coverings and to sit within the ‘bubbles’ they will be in when they are in school.
“Along with my Active Travel Commissioner Dame Sarah Storey, I am urging pupils and parents to walk or cycle to school where possible, to keep both public and school transport available for those who really need it. If parents have no other choice but to drive their children to school, they should park away from the gates and walk the final leg of their journey.
“Schools, councils and bus operators are working hard to protect pupils, but we all have a responsibility to keeps ourselves and others safe by following the guidance. Parents and children alike need to do their bit and follow the guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and face coverings.
“When schools open their doors next week, I am confident that in South Yorkshire our children will be protected as they return to their classrooms. I will be working with our local authorities and SYPTE to closely monitor the situation as the new term starts and will take decisive action if issues arise.”
For information on planning your journey to school, visit the Travel South Yorkshire website. More information on the return to school can be found on your local authority website.