Using school transport in Highland
12th August 2020
Pupils travelling by dedicated school transport.
‘Dedicated school transport' means transport which is only available to pupils. This includes most of our school transport contracts.
Physical distancing is not required between pupils on dedicated school transport. This is the same as the guidance within school buildings. However, where possible there should be distancing of 1m between pupils and adults e.g. where there are passenger assistants on board.
We do not require the use of face coverings on dedicated school transport, but pupils may wear face coverings if they wish to do so. The Council will support any pupil’s decision to wear a face covering.
Pupils travelling by public transport
Public transport buses are also used for school transport in many locations, where pupils and other passengers travel in the same vehicle. Occasionally, public ferry services also form part of the school transport.
On public transport, where possible physical distancing of 1m is required between all passengers. Where school transport zones are in use, physical distancing is not required between pupils, even though it is required between passengers in other seats.
Pupils are required to wear face coverings if using public transport (unless medically exempt) including school transport zones within public bus services. Face coverings must also be worn in enclosed areas on public ferry services but are not compulsory on open decks.
Your transport contractor should advise you if they are requiring the use of face coverings beyond the minimum requirement
Staying safe on transport
Hands should be washed or hand sanitiser used before travelling. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that this is done. Most transport operators will not provide hand sanitiser on their vehicles but some may choose to do so; this will depend on their operating conditions and their own risk assessments. Hand sanitiser is available in schools and should be used before the homeward journey.
Please note that parents are responsible for providing face coverings. Pupils must store these safely while in school
Highland Councillors have commended the Council's ongoing efforts to reduce carbon consumption over the past year. Members have welcomed the information that the Council has saved over 6,000 tonnes of carbon this year.
Virtual education in Highland - Supportive, Interactive, Engaging. The Highland Council can support and deliver education to any pupils who are asked to self-isolate by the Health Protection Team, in all of our 203 schools across the region.
Young people at school are the winners as a result of discussions between High Life Highland and The Highland Council that will see the Charity's staff phased back into schools after the October break. Speaking about the arrangement, High Life Highland Chairman, Ian Ross said, "I am delighted that once again our partnership working arrangements with colleagues in The Highland Council mean that High Life Highland staff will be able to recommence their work with young people during the school day and within school buildings.
The Highland Council is calling on the UK Government to help resolve the inequity of fuel poverty experienced in the Highlands of Scotland where people pay more for fuel and energy than other regions in the UK. Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson has written to the UK Government's Minister of State (Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth) The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP calling on the government to replace the current electricity distribution system with one that replicates that of gas and telecoms and share the cost of energy distribution equally across the UK.
To mark Scotland's Climate Week for 2020, which runs from today until the 20th September, The Highland Council has organised a range of virtual events to share information and seek views from Highland residents and Council employees on climate related topics. Whilst the circumstances for Climate Week 2020 are very different to previous years, it still provides an important opportunity for organisations and communities to celebrate and showcase what they are doing to tackle climate change.
Highland residents are being warned that letters claiming they have won a share of £425,000 in a ‘postcode lottery' is a scam. The letters appear to be targeting the Skye area but are likely to be sent to various addresses across the Highland area.
Fiona Malcolm, has been appointed by The Highland Council as Interim Executive Chief Officer with immediate effect for Health and Social Care, pending recruitment of the permanent ECO post which is currently taking place. A qualified solicitor, Fiona has worked within the legislative and policy frameworks in place for both children's care and adult social care since joining The Highland Council in 2001.
Communities in The Highland Council area are to benefit from Crown Estates funding to be disbursed by the local authority. Councillors have agreed a funding distribution model to enable the disbursement of over £3million Crown Estates funds across the region.
Council today agreed an urgent motion by Cllrs Margaret Davidson, Andrew Jarvie, Alasdair Christie and Jimmy Gray with a call for more detailed local information sharing on Covid-19 for members in local government. The motion is as follows: "Throughout the pandemic we have received information on national and Highland wide numbers infected with Covid 19.
At the meeting on 9 September 2020 of the Council's Housing and Property Committee, Officers confirmed that house building targets will be met despite lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Chair of the committee, Cllr Ben Thompson, said: "I am delighted that we are able to continue to meet our targets for the Council house building programme.