Schools

We are pleased to be welcoming all pupils across Lancashire back into their school classroom from Monday 8 March following the latest Government announcement.


The classroom is the best place for your child to learn. Your school has put measures in place to ensure children are safe and reduce the likelihood of coronavirus being spread.

These measures include:

  • access systems to ensure children keep to social distancing guidelines while moving in and around school.
  • use of 'Bubble' groups to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 outbreaks
  • varied start, lunch and finish times
  • timetable changes to minimise contact between groups, and
  • robust hygiene measures to prevent the spread of infection.

Parents must follow the Covid-19 guidelines and stick to social distancing rules, staying 2m apart from others when dropping off and picking up their child.

It's vital that we continue to follow the rules so we can keep our schools open and prevent the spread of coronavirus in our community.

The information below will help answer many of your back to school questions. You should speak to your school if you need more information.

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

Further information about schools

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).

Government have strengthened existing protective measures and staff and students in secondary schools are advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained.

This is a temporary extra measure, as the twice weekly at home testing regime is set up.

Children in primary school do not need to wear a face covering.

It can be difficult for some children to return to school following lockdown as they get used to the new measures which are in place.

For younger children, there is a useful guide: Helping your child return to childcare or school after coronavirus

The government have also provided guidance for parents who have children returning to school.

This quick guide for parents and carers includes what to do if your child or someone in your household has COVID19 (coronavirus) symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.

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 March 2021)

All schools are due to reopen from Monday 8 March. From this date all county council contracted dedicated school bus services will operate as well as any duplicate services that were operated last term.  Fares will be taken on board from the 8 March or valid passes should be shown.

Lancashire County Council is providing School Bus Services in line with the guidance set out by the Department for Education. This government guidance highlights the distinction between dedicated school transport and wider public transport:

  • Dedicated school transport relates to services that are used only to carry pupils to school. This includes statutory home to school transport, but may also include some existing or new commercial travel routes, where they carry school pupils only.
  • Wider public transport relates to services and routes which are also used by the general public.

Pupils on dedicated school transport services do not mix with the general public on those journeys and tend to be consistent. This means that the advice for these two types of transport are different. 

Schools have been issued with guidance from us 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.

Please keep up to date on this by checking our website for information.

(Updated January 2021)

Following the national lockdown restriction announcement, most schools in Lancashire will remain open for the children of key workers and vulnerable students. At this time, the county council will continue to provide the dedicated school bus services that it contracts. However, amendments are being made to these services as schools have been asked to advise the county council which school bus services will still be required to operate in response to the number of students attending school. If you wish your child to use a school bus service provided by the county council, you should contact your school to book a place.

At this time no fares are being taken on board the dedicated school bus services that the county council provide.

Please keep up to date on this matter by checking the county council webpages for information.

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)

Please see the season ticket refunds page for information about how to request credit or a refund due to Coronavirus.

School Bus Services in September

(Updated September 2020)

Lancashire County Council is providing School Bus Services in line with the 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. This includes statutory home to school transport, but may also include some existing or new commercial travel routes, where they carry school pupils only
  • by wider public transport services, we mean routes which are also used by the general public.

Pupils on dedicated school transport services do not mix with the general public on those journeys and tend to be consistent. This means that the advice for these two types of transport are different. 

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 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.

During the Easter and summer holidays from school, activities will be available for children and young people who usually receive a free school meal.

Find out more about the School Holiday Activity Programme.

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.

Read more about SEND home to school transport including the precautions we have put in place and transport personal budgets.

Testing in secondary schools

From Monday 8 March, schools will open to all pupils with asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in place. See government advice on what you need to know about testing, and returning to schools.

Our public health team have worked closely with schools and government to support this testing programme.

If you are the parent or carer of a secondary school age pupil, your school will be in touch with more details about how and when they intend to carry out the testing.

Schools will have discretion on how to phase the return of their students over that week to allow them to be tested on return.

Testing for school children, their families and support bubbles

All households with children of school age are being asked to take twice-weekly Covid-19 tests in line with schools returning on Monday 8 March. Find out more about testing for school children, their families and support bubbles.