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Transport

Home to school transport for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is provided by Cumbria County Council's Transport Services Team.  Transport entitlement is identified by Children & Families Services Assessment Officers.

 

Your child's transport is carried out by contracted transport operators.  This may be by minibus or smaller vehicles.  However it is likely that your child will travel with other children attending the same school.  We will try to provide consistency of drivers and passenger assistants where possible but this cannot always be guaranteed.  Routes, and the needs of the children on them, will be reviewed periodically which may result in changes to existing transport.

Once transport has been arranged you will be notified of the details of the operator who will confirm collection times.   You will also be provided with a copy of your child's transport risk assessment.  You may also wish to inform drivers/passenger assistants of any other concerns to be taken into account on the journey.

It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to make alternative transport arrangements.  The Transport Commissioning Team and the school MUST be notified, 48 hours before, that the usual transport will not be required.  Parents/guardians should also provide details of the alternative arrangements to the school, preferably by email.  

Any information for school staff should be communicated to the school directly.  Your child's possessions should be contained in a named bag.

Please ensure any medication needed by your child is given to the escort in a tamper proof bag together with any written instructions for the Headteacher.

If your child is not returning home, eg: is going to respite care or an alternative address, it is the parent's/guardian's responsibility for ensuring that any medicaiton required is provided to the care facility.  School staff will not be reponsible for forward transmission of medication in these circumstances.

Your Assessment Officer will raise an application on your behalf and pass the relevant information onto the Transport Commissioning Team who will organise the transport.

If you wish to discuss your child's needs with a Lead Education Officer, please contact the SEND Teams at:

Area:  Name:  Telephone Number:
Carlisle & Eden  Galina Murray  01228 226843
Allerdale & Copeland  Denise Lowden     01946 506211
Barrow & South Lakes  Helen Beech  01229 407403
Interpreting & Translation Service     Allyson Carty  07554 438474

Please contact the Transport Commissioning Team on: 01228 226428/226427

or by email at: school.transport@cumbria.gov.uk

  1.     Home to School Transport for Children with SEND   
  2.   School Transport Policy

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