Advice on travelling to school

Here is some advice on the many ways your child can travel to school, sixth form or college to help us all stay safe and active, and protect our environment.

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Walk, cycle or scoot

In the first instance, we would encourage all children to walk, cycle or scoot to school if they can.

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. Active travel helps children to  stay fit, helps the environment, and gives 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 in advance. Work out how long it will take and familiarise yourself with the route, including crossings and which entrance to school is best.

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 your child 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 10 minute walk away (park and stride) to help keep the school entrance clear of traffic.

School travel - eligible pupils 

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

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

Resources for schools

Other support available to you 

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