School Services - What We Are Doing
Safety is always our top priority and in line with public health advice, we have introduced a range of measures across the Translink network to keep everyone safe. This means things look a bit different at stations and on-board and pupils may need to leave some extra time for their journey.
These changes are for everyone’s protection, guided by the latest advice from the NI Executive and health experts because we want everyone to feel safe and confident when they need to use our services.
We expect that both scheduled timetabled services and dedicated school services will be busy at peak times. We’ve a range of safety measures in place to protect everyone, including young people travelling to school.
- Operating extra school services and more "school only" services, to provide increased capacity as required;
- Where possible, working with schools to arrange pick-ups at schools to reduce volume of pupils at bus stations
- Providing our staff with appropriate PPE that helps to keep them and pupils, as safe as possible;
- Extra staff in stations where required, to assist with travel connections and social distancing;
- Enhanced vehicle deep cleaning and sanitisation - using long-lasting anti-viral cleaning products that keep surfaces virus-free
- Mobile cleaning teams travelling on board sanitising common touch areas;
- Key seats cordoned off on dedicated school buses;
- Hand sanitiser units available at all stations;
- Protective screens in stations and on the bus drivers cab;
These actions will ensure we maintain high safety standards on board and in stations when social distancing becomes more challenging as pupils return to schools. Pupils on dedicated school transport should seek to socially distance if it is possible to do so, however as per the Department for Education guidance, social distancing on public transport will not apply on dedicated school transport in the new school year.
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- Good hand hygiene – consider carrying your own hand sanitiser;
- Using contactless payments where pupils are not entitled to a free travel pass;
- Travel off peak where schools can facilitate this and leave extra time for your journey;
- Family groups should sit together or sit with members of your school class, where possible;
- Avoid consuming food and drink on public transport, where possible;
- Consider walking and cycling options if appropriate;
- Please do not travel if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 symptoms or your household has been advised to isolate.
- Wait for passengers to get off first before you board and if you need to queue, please remember to keep your distance.
- Please behave responsibly when travelling, misbehaviour can endanger others as well as yourself and will be reported to your school and Education Authority.
- It is now mandatory for all post primary pupils to wear a face covering at all times when travelling on all forms of public and school transport.
- This new guidance applies to:
- All dedicated home to school transport
- All normal scheduled bus and train services Medical and SEN exemptions apply
- Most people are already wearing a face covering when travelling on public transport with over 85% compliance. This decision has been taken to further help reduce the number of Covid19 cases within the community.
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