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School Transport

Orkney Islands Council provides school transport for pupils who live beyond statutory walking distance from school, and almost 80% of Stromness Academy pupils travel to school by bus. Full details of School Transport including entitlement, catchment areas, collection/drop off points, code of conduct and provision for pupils with additional support needs is available on the following webpage: www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/S/School-Transport.htm

Any queries with regards to Stromness Academy school transport can be addressed to Graeme Horne, Business Manager at Stromness Academy.

School Transport in Adverse Weather

Orkney Islands Council Education Department coordinate events should the weather adversely affect school transport. Every effort is made to keep schools open, whether or not our conveyors are able to provide transport.

If there is bad weather, please see the following for school transport information:

  • OIC School Transport Facebook page should be your first stop for information regarding transport changes.
  • The Facebook page is linked to Twitter @OrkneyCouncil and both are updated as soon as information is available; this can be as early as 0615.
  • Information is passed to BBC Radio Orkney for broadcasting on their programme at 0730 (on 93.7 FM) and also posted on their Facebook page. Radio Orkney will also be notified if there is disruption to transport throughout their programme, however detailed information on specific routes will not be provided.
  • Stromness Academy Facebook Page will also post updates.

 

If adverse weather causes changes to transport arise during the school day, parents will be notified by the school, using our usual text/email systems. Parents must ensure that they notify the school of any changes to contact details to ensure that they receive this information.

Discipline on School Transport

Discipline on School Transport is a joint responsibility involving the school, the Education, Leisure and Housing Team, parents and transport operators: serious misconduct can result in a pupil being denied the right to travel. We rely on all concerned to understand that school rules apply on the bus/boat just as they do during the school day. Any concerns should be reported to your child’s Guidance Teacher.

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***COVID-19 guidance reminder for staff and pupils returning to the classroom***(Lorraine) The Council is reminding school staff and pupils of COVID-19 measures still in place to try and keep everyone safe as they return to the classroom after the October break.The Scottish Government have been asking for some time now that people undertake twice-weekly lateral flow device tests and this has also been the case for staff and secondary pupils in schools. With all schools across the county due back on Monday, 25 October, we would appeal to all our school staff and secondary pupils to schedule one of their regular LFD tests shortly before they return – as was the advice following the summer break.Orkney Islands Council Executive Director of Education, Leisure and Housing, James Wylie, said: “Following the recent outbreak and in the build up to the October holidays we saw significant engagement in the LFD process. It is imperative that we pick up where we left off. All school staff and secondary pupils are strongly encouraged to restart twice-weekly at-home LFD testing in the week prior to return. The advice states that ideally, staff and secondary pupils should take the second weekly test either in the morning before leaving for the first day of school or the evening before.“It is really important that you record your results online, whether positive, negative or void. This helps public health experts understand what levels of COVID-19 are and can inform policy on things like future mitigations in schools.“Testing can help reduce the risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. This, in turn, can help reduce the numbers of staff or children and young people that will have to self-isolate due to outbreaks.”All schools offered test kits to staff and pupils prior to the October break, which can be used for these purposes. If any staff or pupils have not received test kits, they can access them in a range of different ways, including ordering online for home delivery, or collecting kits from your nearest test site or pharmacy, such as Sutherlands in Kirkwall and Stromness, and Boots.

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