PARENTS who have applied for school transport for their children for the re-opening of schools will receive an email by Friday, the council have said.

Pupils are being encouraged to safely walk or cycle to school where possible, and if transport is needed, for parents to try to provide it.

School transport is only available to pupils who have been through the application process and are considered eligible.

Vehicles will be able to carry only a limited number of pupils due to social distancing requirements.

Travel will only be allowed on the day on which the school has informed the council that pupils will be attending.

Vehicles will run at the usual time and from the usual stop for morning journeys. School bus timetables are available to check on the council website.

Parents are being asked to please remind their children to wash their hands before and after travelling on school transport and to remind them to keep two metres apart when waiting at the bus stop.

Pupils with school bus passes cannot use school transport if a transport application has not been made for the ‘check in, catch up and prepare’ sessions.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “We really appreciate parents’ co-operation on school transport during this unprecedented time.

“Due to the social distancing regulations, our buses are running with a much-reduced capacity, which is proving to be very difficult.

“We are urging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school where they can do so safely, or if they cannot, for parents to arrange transport.

“We will endeavour to keep parents up-to-date with the arrangements for September, once we receive further guidance from Welsh Government.”