All schools in Bedford Borough are open to all students.
Twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests are available for free to all households with primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including their childcare and support bubbles.
This will help to find more COVID-19 cases, break chains of transmission and help keep educational settings as safe as possible.
Rapid test kits for home use can be collected from some local testing sites. Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm and although you do not need to make an appointment, please do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.
Find your nearest collection point by using the NHS search tool.
If you are unable to collect a limited number are available to order online from the Government website.
We strongly recommend you go to your child's school's website or Facebook page for the latest information.
The Department for Education is running a helpline for questions about Coronavirus for staff, parents and young people:
- Telephone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.email@example.com
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
As far as possible, we would like to encourage children who can safely and appropriately cycle or walk, to do so.
For children who use dedicated home to school transport, commissioned by Bedford Borough Council - In line with DfE guidance, we expect and recommend that children and young people aged 11 and over continue to wear a face covering when travelling to secondary school or college. Students will no longer be expected to remain in year group bubbles while on transport, but unnecessary risks such as overcrowding will be minimised, where possible.
For children who use the public bus network - social distancing will no longer be in place on public transport services. Therefore, we do not expect the additional dedicated school transport services that were in place during the 2020/21 school year, to be needed in the autumn term, but we will keep this position under review. Face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement on public transport but the government expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don't normally meet.
All schools have been advised to encourage children who usually travel to school on public transport to consider cycling or walking as an alternative means of travel, where possible.
If you believe your child is eligible to transport, and you require additional information regarding entitlement to transport or bus services please contact the relevant Transport Team listed below:
School Transport Entitlement Team: School.Transport@bedford.gov.uk 01234 276713
Mainstream School Transport Team: Mainstream.Transport@Bedford.gov.uk 01234 276528
SEND Transport Team: Client.Transport@Bedford.gov.uk 01234 276116
Please be advised that new applications for transport will be processed within 15 working days.