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Schools and school transport

In line with the latest Government guidance, some Bedford Borough schools have begun to partially re-open for certain year groups. Parents and carers are advised to check with their child’s school before attending.

In conjunction, schools continue to provide support for children of key workers, vulnerable groups and those with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

See latest information from the government including the list of key workers whose children can still go to school here.

The Department for Education is running a helpline for questions about Coronavirus for staff, parents and young people:

Free school meals 

Children eligible to income-related free school meals are still entitled to receive their free school meal or a food voucher while schools are closed. This may be provided as a food parcel, a packed lunch or a food voucher which can be used in a number of different supermarkets. Please be aware that children who receive their meal under the ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’ (for children in Year R, 1 and 2) scheme will not receive support whilst schools are closed unless they are also eligible for income-related free school meals.

The Department for Education has provided updated guidance for schools for children eligible for free school meals and introduced a National Food Voucher Scheme through Edenred; this has been made available to all eligible families. Further information on the voucher scheme can be found here.

If your child is already receiving income-related free school meals and you would like to know what meal options are available, please contact your child’s school.

If your personal circumstances have recently changed and you would like to check if your child is now eligible to receive income-related free school meals, please speak to your school or read our guidance and apply online at Free school meals

School transport

Further to the recent Government advice, transport has now been arranged for all those students in years R, 1 and 6 whose parents have confirmed that they do require transport when the school’s return from 1st June 2020. If your child is in one of these year groups, and you have confirmed the need for transport, please contact Mainstream School transport team 01234 276528 or contact your school to obtain a copy of your child(ren)s route sheet.

If your child is in years R, 1 & 6, they are ordinarily eligible for free home to school transport and would now like your child(ren) to use transport but have not already confirmed that you do, please contact School Transport on school.transport@bedford.gov.uk or call Customer Services on (01234) 718004. In view of the need to consider distancing arrangements and safety precautions on transport, we will require 5 days notice before transport commences to ensure we can plan and inform you of route details.

Children of key workers and children & young people with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), will continue to go to be able to go to school as per the latest government advice. The transport provision currently in place for these pupils will continue.

If you are a key worker or your child has an EHCP and you believe you are eligible for this provision/transport please contact your child's school or our Transport Entitlement Team by emailing School.Transport@bedford.gov.uk or call 01234 718004.

Please read the following guides of how we are providing school transport in line with the current public health guidelines during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak