Special Education Needs Home to School Transport

Home to School Transport – COVID-19


Since March our Passenger Transport Team have been transporting children who are attending  school, to school following social distancing guidance; as more children return and we start planning for all children to return in September this will become more of a challenge not only for our team; also for our contractors.  Your child will not be transported in the same way they have been, later pick up times, early drop off times; change of driver and passenger assistance as scheduling is dramatically changing.
If your child/ren has an EHC Plan and are entitled to home to school transport, you may have concerns about their transport, especially if they travel in a vehicle with other children, where it is hard to maintain social distancing or be transported out of their ‘school social bubble’.  As an alternative, you can receive a Personal Transport Budget (PTB) a monthly payment based on the distance home to school.

Personal Transport Budgets

If you reside -

  • less than two miles home to school an annual PTB of £1,000; first payment £100 with 10 monthly payments of £90
  • between two and five miles home to school an annual PTB of £1,500; first payment of £140 with 10 monthly payments of £136
  • over five miles home to school an annual PTB of £2,000; first payment of £190 with 10 monthly payments of £181

We would really appreciate if you would seriously consider a PTB and if it is possible for you to take your own child to school.

If you are interested please either -

email: hometoschooltransport@hullcc.gov.uk or telephone 01482 616 159.

Passenger Transport Safe Systems of Work

Passenger Transport Team and HCC Health and Safety Team have following government’s safer travel guidance for passengers introduced Safe Systems of Work (SSoW) and produced a Risk Assessment; to which we all have a responsibility to keep our children and staff safe.

Parents/Carers

  • prior to leaving home please ensure your child/ren, hands are thoroughly washed with soap and water so they are physically clean
  • if you, your child or any member of your family is showing symptoms please do not present your child for their home to school transport journey
  • if you, your child or any member of your family are self-isolating in response to ‘Track and Trace’ please do not present your child for their home to school transport journey
  • escort your child to and from the vehicle
  • ensure there is someone at home to meet and greet your child from the vehicle at the end of the school day; as journey times are now shorter due to the number of children transported please ensure you are at home when your child’s school finishes.  If you are not home transport services unfortunately will be re-assessed and the service maybe withdrawn.
  • ensure your child travels with only one bag to minimise the risk of infection be transmitted on surfaces
  • if your child travels in a wheelchair or equipment is transported with your child please wipe down high touch areas prior to your child boarding the vehicle

Drivers and Passenger Assistants

  • prior to leaving, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water so they are physically clean
  • on arrival at pick-up point, Drivers or PA’s to verbally confirm with parent/carer that the passenger or any member of the customer’s household are not displaying Covid-19 symptoms.
  • where physical contact cannot be avoided with a passenger, drivers and PA’s to apply hand sanitiser after assisting each passenger. 
  • ensure distances are maximised between passengers and PAs and Drivers during transportation as per the risk assessment.
  • open vehicle windows when practical to maximise ventilation
  • undertake your task in accordance with risk assessments/safe working procedures and your professional standards.

Academies/Schools and Colleges

  • prior to leaving the child’s your premises please ensure they have washed their hands thoroughly with soap and water so they are physically clean
  • if a child or young person who has travelled to your establishment and is showing any symptoms please do not present the child for their home to school transport journey please contact home to school transport team
  • escort the child to the vehicle for their return journey

Eligibility 

To meet the needs of individual children we offer home to school transport for children with special educational needs -

  • if it is decided during the Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process that transport is necessary to meet the child’s needs
  • an appropriate school is close to the child’s home

If transport is not specified as a special educational need, we consider transport under the general criteria as for other children.

How to apply

If it is decided during the Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process that transport is necessary to meet the child's needs the following application should be completed.

Your completed form can be -

posted to -

Home to School Transport 

Brunswick House 

Strand Close 

Hull

HU2 9DB

Alternatively you can organise to meet your Connexions Adviser. 

Find out more about Connexions

The needs of each individual child are specific to the child and when organising home to school transport the school transport team do attempt to meet those needs. In many cases where appropriate it is expected that children do share transport to maximise cost effectiveness.

In all cases the child's needs are reviewed and if necessary, reassessed at each annual EHCP review of the plan where it is decided that - 

  • a transport need is now required
  • a transport need previously identified should be modified
  • transport is no longer required

Post 16 Special Education Needs Home to School Transport 

Students who have special transport needs resulting from their Special Educational Needs or Disability may be provided with transport assistance to and from college or sixth form school once they are 16 and over the compulsory school age.
 
To meet the needs of individual children home to school transport for children with special educational needs is provided -

  • if it is decided during the Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process that transport is necessary to meet the child’s needs
  • an appropriate Post 16 provider is close to the child’s home 

How to apply

If it is decided during the Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process that transport is necessary to meet the child's needs the following application should be completed.

Post 16 bursaries

If your child requires special needs travel assistance and your family is on a low income you can apply for a post 16 bursary. If this does not apply in line with policy statement a contribution for the first £330 of the cost of travel would be required from the student or parent or carer. We would continue to meet the cost of the transport beyond the initial contribution or take receipt of the post 16 provider bursary funding when assessing an individual's funding arrangements.

Find out more about post 16 bursary funding