Advice on travelling to school

Advice on the many ways your children can travel to school, sixth form or college.

SchoolReturn people2Following Government advice, we are committed to ensuring that all children can safely return to school, sixth form or college and we are working to make sure transport is not a barrier to people accessing the education they deserve.

There are many ways your child can travel to school, sixth form or college and the more active the travel the better.

Walk, cycle or scoot

In the first instance, we encourage all children to walk, cycle or scoot to school if they can and if you live a short distance (2 miles or less) from school or college. This will help to reduce pressure on the public transport network for those who need it most.

Also, with new cycle paths, pedestrianised zones and reduced speed limits across towns in Suffolk there’s never been a better time to swap to walking, cycling or scooting. It will help your child stay active, help the environment, and give you all time back in your day because you won’t be stuck in traffic.

Even if your family can only make the change a couple of days a week, it will make a big difference.

Make sure you plan your child’s walk, scoot or bike ride to school before school starts, work out how long it will take and familiarise yourself with the route, including crossings and which entrance to school is best.

School travel - eligible pupils 

We have been working closely with bus operators over the summer to ensure a safe journey for pupils eligible for school travel, ready for when schools to go back in September.  There has been updated government guidance and some changes to school travel have been necessary. To find out more, visit www.suffolkonboard.com/schooltravel

Public transport - bus or train

If your child isn’t able to walk, cycle or scoot, they can use public transport. But perhaps they can combine the two. Can you couple walking, cycling or scooting with public transport?

To find out more, visit www.suffolkonboard.com/journeyplanner

You should plan your child’s journey with them in advance and make sure they allow more time to get to their school or college. They should wear a face covering for the entirety of their journey on public transport if they are over 11 years old and are not exempt, wash or sanitise their hands regularly and social distance where possible.

Driving and car sharing

If your child is car-sharing with someone outside of their support bubble or family, they should share with the same people each time, open the windows for ventilation and wear a face covering if they are over 11 years old and are not exempt. Also try and ensure some seats are free to social distance.

If your are driving to school we would recommend parking a 5 minute walk away to help keep the school entrance clear of traffic.

Case studies - Top tips and advice for parents of primary aged pupils returning to school

Resources for schools

Other support available to you 

For further information on coronavirus and back to school travel guidance visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus