School bus services

School buses continue to operate as normal across Victoria to support children who need to get to school. Everyone 12 years and older must carry wear a face mask at all times when on public transport and school buses – unless you have a lawful exemption.

Compulsory face masks

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, fitted face masks must be worn indoors by everyone aged 12 years and older when on public transport and school buses – unless a lawful exemption applies. Face masks are strongly recommended when 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors.

A fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth is the only type of face covering allowed. Face shields, scarves or bandanas do not meet requirements.

Everyone aged 12 and older must carry a face mask at all times.

For more information, visit: Face masks study and school.

School bus travel for specialist schools

Buses have returned to normal timetable arrangements.

The bus chaperone or supervisor must be seated away from the driver. Bus operators will coordinate this with their staff.

Due to the nature of bus timetables, service connections and interchange requirements, buses may not always be able to observe staggered drop-off times.

Schools need to work with bus operators to coordinate arrangements for waiting or queueing outside school grounds if needed.

School bus travel for mainstream schools

School buses are an essential service for those children who need to travel to school.

School buses will continue to operate as normal across Victoria to support children who need to get to school; school bus networks are operating at full capacity.

Due to the nature of bus timetables, service connections and interchange requirements, buses may not always be able to observe staggered drop-off times.  

Which school bus service to use

Your child should continue to use their normal school bus service.

If you have moved to a new area, moved house or have other service questions, you should speak with the school's bus coordinator.

Children's safety on school bus services

School buses and public transport are essential services and are available for children who need to travel.

When travelling on a school bus your child should:

  • sit next to their siblings if possible
  • practise good hygiene including using hand sanitiser and covering mouth and nose with a tissue to cough, or otherwise into their elbow
  • wear a face mask if aged 12 and older
  • keep doorways clear so people can get on and off safely
  • give priority access to the front door of the bus for those who need to use it

Your child must stay home if they are unwell.

Additional cleaning on school buses

As with all Victorian public transport services, school bus operators have increased cleaning across the network to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Extra school bus cleaning measures have been put in place, making sure that vehicles are cleaned after each run, high touch points are regularly cleaned, and vehicles are subject to nightly cleaning. High touch points refers to surfaces that are touched often, such as door handles.

Physical distancing on school buses and at bus interchanges

Student transport services (public and private) are provided so that your child can travel to and from education facilities. 

If a driver and student supervisor are both onboard, supervisors should be seated away from the driver (potentially at the rear of the bus) to support distancing whilst maintaining care for the children traveling on the bus.

You, your child and staff should practice physical distancing at bus stops, interchanges and school bus loading areas.

Reimbursements for families who are not using their normal public transport school bus services

If your child has a Myki student pass you can apply for a refund from Public Transport Victoria. Phone 1800 800 007.

Children with refunded school passes will need to get a new one. 

Reviewed 17 February 2021

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