School and college travel
Last updated 8 January 2021
In light of the continued and rising increase in community transmission and COVID infection rates, Worcestershire County Council with advice from Public Health have decide to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory on Home to School Transport from Tuesday 6 October.
Children under the age of 11 will be exempt and the council will follow the same guidance that is in place for Public Transport.
Worcestershire County Council is working with schools to ensure they will have a supply of face coverings for those pupils who do not currently have one and these will be available from school.
Additional local bus services September 2020
Further information for local bus services is now available as a result of increased service provision to manage capacity from September 2020: Additional local bus services September 2020
Further guidance is now available on how transport will run for autumn term 2020: Worcestershire school transport guidance autumn 2020
2020 to 2021 payments
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the option to pay by Direct Debit for the Spring Term at this time, if you did not pay by Direct Debit last year, due to constraints in processing and setting up new mandates. We are hoping that we will be able to offer this option for Summer Term 2021.
Refunds - Spring 2021
With regards to the closure of schools from Monday 4th January, where any payment has been made for the Spring Term or Spring 1 Half Term, we will automatically be issuing a half term refund either by card or cheque, depending on the original method. Where an Annual payment has been made, we will also be refunding the Spring 1 half term part of the contribution.
However, due to the volumes involved and our current staffing levels, please note that these refunds may not be received before the end of February.
Where transport assistance is continued for vulnerable children or children of Key Workers, the above will still apply.
PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL YOUR DIRECT DEBIT as it may be required in the future – we will not be taking any further payments while schools/colleges remain closed; you do not need to contact us about this.
PLEASE DO NOT RETURN YOUR PASS – we will be issuing any appropriate refund without the need for the pass to be returned.
We will continue to monitor the situation and take action accordingly.