JBS Covid-19 Procedures Update - 25/09/20

Friday 25th September 2020


Dear Parents,

We would like to start by thanking you for working with us to help ensure that we are able to keep the Joint Bus Service running as effectively as possible.  We appreciate that the way we are operating has been different and are grateful for the way the new practices have been adopted.

We continue to track the developments in the local and national context and we are in weekly contact with the local authority and with local public health officials. Inevitably the prevailing circumstances require review and refinement of systems and Abingdon and St Helen’s are working closely together through this process.  

In the light of local developments, we are now moving to make some changes to ensure that systems such as test and trace can be supported by JBS as efficiently as possible. We are sure that you will understand that we need to work with the coach companies and local agencies to plan for things becoming more complex as Autumn moves into Winter.

To this end, we are moving to a system which will allocate seats to bus users and these allocations will place students in the same year group together as far as possible and aim to keep students from the different schools separate as much as possible.  Seating students in this way will assist in any contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 positive case, and hopefully minimise the number of students required to self-isolate. Allocated seats are final and students cannot switch amongst themselves to sit with friends.

In addition, please note the following:

  • Passengers are to arrive at and wait at the bus stop wearing face masks. Face masks need to remain in place throughout your journey to school and until a student reaches the hand sanitising station at their school. 


  • Masks are to be worn on the bus at all times. This means that no eating is permitted.  Masks must be kept safely by students and must not be discarded on the coach.


  • Passengers must use hand sanitiser when it is provided on the bus or use their own personal sanitiser before boarding the vehicle. This needs to be done in the sight of drivers/staff on duty.


  • Passengers must remain in their seats for the duration of the journey and must not move between seats as other passengers get off.


  • As the requirement to wear a mask is now established as part of day-to-day life, students who do not have a face mask will not be allowed to travel and their parents will need to arrange alternative transport for travel to school.


  • To ensure that the day to day operation runs as smoothly as possible, please can parents ensure that they have advised their respective school medical centre at least 24 hours before travel in the event that a student has a medical exemption from wearing a mask so that we can ensure that the appropriate coach operator is made aware.
  • No student displaying Covid symptoms should set out on a bus journey with the JBS


These changes will come into effect from the return journey on Monday 28th September 2020 and remain in place until further notice.


These procedures are mandatory. Any student not behaving in accordance with these procedures may be refused permission to travel. Students should be aware that they may not be given a warning to change behaviour, permission may be withdrawn as a first measure in order to support the well-being of other travellers. Thank you for your ongoing support.


Kind regards



The Joint Bus Service