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Saturday, March 21, 2020

County update on school transport for key workers' children

Denbighshire County Council has arranged for the vast majority of its contractors to operate as normal on Monday March 23rd,  to ensure that children of key workers can get to their primary and secondary schools. 

The council has instructed local bus services that normally divert to schools to continue to do so.

These arrangements will operate for one complete week, during which time the council says it will arrange for a more bespoke network of services on and from Monday March 30th.

Transport will be available on Monday for Denbighshire key workers’ children to those Flintshire primary and secondary schools that are open. 

Transport will be available on Tuesday March 24th for Denbighshire children travelling to Conwy primary and secondary schools and is likely to be available on Tuesday for those required to attend Wrexham’s primary and secondary schools.

At this stage, transport for key workers’ children to special schools and units will NOT operate on Monday 23rd but we will endeavour to re-start these as soon as possible after that.

If a contract is empty on Monday, it will also operate on Tuesday but will stand down thereafter.

Parents/ guardians need to be aware that this is a fluid situation. 

If a driver becomes ill or needs to self-isolate at the last minute and if therefore a contract cannot operate, parents/ guardians will need to ensure their children know what to do. This is very important if they are waiting for a school bus at a bus stop.

If a school has to close while transport is en route, contractors will be asked to divert to the nearest available primary or secondary school rather than to take children home, in case parents/ guardians have already left for work and there is no one to receive the children.

The  council says it would like to sincerely thank transport contractors who have done their utmost to ensure these arrangements go ahead as planned.

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