Delivering safe school buses when school resumes for 2022

Tasmanians can rest assured that contingencies are in place to allow for safe school bus travel when students start heading back to school.

Additional cleaning of all dedicated school buses is already taking place with a focus on high-contact areas.

Parents are reminded that it is a requirement for children aged 12 years and older (unless exempt) to wear a mask in all public indoor spaces – this includes buses.

While bus drivers are not responsible for ‘policing’ mask-wearing or for providing masks, we are sure Tasmanian students will do the right thing to keep themselves and our community safe by wearing a mask correctly over their nose and mouth.

Students are also encouraged to use cashless payment methods, such as a TransportMe Smartcard. Follow this link to apply – https://derwentvalleylink.com.au/…/transportme…/

Please remember to present your Student Free Bus Pass for free travel each time you ride, if eligible.

Importantly, students should not use public transport or go to school if they are unwell.

To support physical distancing, students should consider the following:

* when queuing at bus stops, maintain physical distance

* always comply with requests from the driver; and

* practice good hand hygiene. If possible, use hand sanitiser before you board and after you disembark.