Your school will have been able to reduce some of the measures that were previously in place, reducing the disruption to children and young people’s education. For example, your child does not need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’).
Schools have their own health and safety risk assessments and keep them under review. As part of this, there are certain control measures that the government has asked schools to continue to maintain such as cleaning regimes and keeping spaces ventilated. You can ask your school for more information.
If there is a substantial increase in the number of positive cases in your school, or it is in an enhanced response area, the school might need to temporarily reintroduce some measures.
All of the latest government guidance for schools is available from the gov.uk website, including information about what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during Covid-19.
The information below will help answer some of your questions. You should speak to your school if you need more information.
Further information about schools
Face coverings are no longer advised for pupils, staff and visitors either in classrooms or in communal areas.
The government has removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.
Your school will no longer routinely trace close contacts for pupils - close contacts will still be identified via NHS Test and Trace.
Children and young people aged under 18 years 6 months who usually attend school, and have been identified as a close contact should continue to attend school as normal.
It is still important to tell the school if your child has confirmed COVID-19 so they can monitor the number of children with COVID-19 across the school.
(Updated August 2021)
Secondary schools may commence testing from 3 working days before the start of term and can stagger return of pupils across the first week to manage this.
Pupils and staff should continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed.
When children are not able to attend school because parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, the absence will not be penalised.
New attendance coding has been introduced for schools to allow for this.
Pupils of compulsory school age must be in school unless a statutory reason applies (sickness, leave of absence or religious observances).
Despite the restrictions that are in place, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, appeals will still be considered over the summer months following emergency legislation from the Department for Education (DFE).
Full guidance can be found on the school admission appeals section.
(updated August 2021)
Lancashire County Council is providing school bus services in line with the Covid-19 guidance set out by the Department for Education. This government guidance highlights the distinction between dedicated school transport and wider public transport:
- by dedicated school transport, we mean services that are used only to carry pupils to school. These services are predominately contracted by the county council but may also include some commercial travel routes which carry school pupils only.
- by wider public transport services, we mean routes which are also used by the general public.
Schools have been issued with guidance from the county council regarding dedicated school services provided by Lancashire County Council. Schools have been asked to share this information with parents/carers.
For further information, please see the key points within the dedicated school transport guidance.
Season ticket pass holders
(Updated March 2021)
As advised in January, direct debits for travel passes remain suspended until further notice. We will be contacting pass holders soon with details of their account balance for the remainder of the academic year once the credit for the period of school closure has been calculated and applied. We will be letting them know the balance on the account and a schedule of payments.
We will also be contacting pass holders who have paid in full for their pass. We will be sending them a claim form to enable us to issue a refund by BACS for the period of school closure.
If you wish to cancel your pass please return it as soon as possible to the address printed on the back along with a short note detailing the reason for the cancellation. We will contact you once we have the pass back with details of any refund due.
School closures from January 2021
In light of the school closures due to coronavirus (COVID-19) from 5 January 2021, we will be arranging for direct debit payments for travel passes to be suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, due to banking processes we cannot reverse the direct debit taken in January 2021, but we will apply a credit to your school transport account of the January payment plus the days that the schools are closed. When the schools reopen, we will recalculate the amount due for the remainder of the academic year and inform you of the revised payment schedule.
Please note if you choose to cancel the direct debit, the travel passes must be returned to the school transport team, the address can be found on the back of the pass. Once the pass has been received, we will calculate any refunds that are due. You can then pay the daily fare on the bus once the schools return if there is space available.
If you have paid in full for the travel pass we will contact you once the schools have returned with a claim form for the calculated amount to be refunded.
School closure due to coronavirus
(Updated 30 September 2020)
Please see the season ticket refunds page for information about how to request credit or a refund due to Coronavirus.
Season ticket applications for September 2020
(Updated 10 June 2020)
Please see the School bus season tickets pages for important information about applying for September 2020.
School bus season tickets
(Updated 19 March 2020)
In light of the school closures due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be arranging for direct debit payments for season tickets and denominational transport to be suspended until further notice.
Please do not cancel your direct debit. A calculation will be done when schools return or at the end of this school year depending on the situation and invoices will be credited for the missed days. If any refunds are due, they will be issued to the bank detailed on our records.
Please note if you choose to cancel the direct debit, the passes must be returned to the school transport team, the address can be found on the back of the pass.
Our schools will offer additional support to children with SEND to help them with preparation for the changes to routine that the return to schools will bring.
This may include social stories and through PSHE and wellbeing programmes.
Contact your school if you think your child will need more support.