School bus services

School bus travel for specialist schools

From 26 May 2020, all specialist school students returned to school.

All currently suspended bus services were reinstated from 26 May. This includes self-managed school buses. No school bus services are to be suspended from this date.

Buses have resumed normal timetable arrangements.

The seats behind the driver must remain vacant and sectioned as 'do not use'.

The bus chaperone or supervisor is to 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 are to work with bus operators to coordinate arrangements for waiting or queueing outside school grounds if needed.

All school bus operators have been and will continue to observe additional cleaning and sanitisation processes. This includes wiping down all tactile surfaces with sanitised wipes or solution after each run.

School bus travel for mainstream schools

School bus networks started operating at full capacity from 26 May.

The seats behind the driver will remain vacant and sectioned as 'do not use'.

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

All school bus operators have been and will continue to observe additional cleaning and sanitisation processes. This includes wiping down all tactile surfaces with sanitised wipes or solution after each run.

Which school bus service to use

Students should continue to use their normal school bus service (the service they used in Term 1).

If a family is new to the area, has moved house or has other service questions, they should speak with their school's bus coordinator.

Student safety on school bus services

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

When traveling 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.

Students 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).

All school buses undergo daily cleaning and sanitisation. All high touch point surfaces will be wiped down, including:

  • handrails
  • arm rests
  • steering wheels
  • driver doors.

Physical distancing on school buses and at bus interchanges

Student transport services (public and private) are provided to enable students to travel to/from education facilities. 

To support distancing for adult bus staff, the seating area behind the driver should be kept clear.

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 student travellers.

Physical distancing should be continued for parents and school staff at bus stops, interchanges and school bus loading areas.

Reimbursements for families who aren't using their normal public transport school bus services

Those who have a Myki student pass can apply for a refund from Public Transport Victoria. Phone 1800 800 007.

School Bus Program fares and refunds

The School Bus Program's ineligible traveller bus fare of $120 per term will be waived for Term 2. Families will still need to complete the normal application process through their school to travel.

If a family has already paid the fare to travel in Term 2 for the School Bus Program, they should contact their school to discuss a refund or that the school retain the fare for future travel costs.