Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
Government guidance is that students should avoid public transport where possible and trips to school should be made by cycling and walking. For guidance and advice on cycling and walking, including tips and advice on journey planning, click here.
If pupils must use the bus or public transport, space will be limited due to social distancing – and once capacity is reached passengers will not be permitted to board on commercial or Yellow Buses.
Those who must use public transport can help maintain a safer environment by following a few simple measures:
- Wear a face covering
- Keep a two-metre distance where possible on the platform, stop, station and on board
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly and carry you own hand sanitiser
- Buy tickets online for smart cards or use mobile apps where possible, and use exact change if cash is needed
A TfGM igo card is proof of age ID (needed for child tickets from age 11) and is also a smart card for buying tickets online, see tfgm.com/igo for details.
Information on Transport and Face Coverings.
Face coverings are now mandatory if using public transport in England.
However, the Department for Transport published regulations and guidance over the weekend which set out some important exemptions.
For example, children under the age of 11 will not be required to wear a face covering.
The requirement to wear a face covering also does not apply if you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ not to. Reasonable excuses include:
- if you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
- if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
- if you are travelling with, or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
The full list of exemptions and reasonable excuses can be found at:
The regulations setting these out in law can be found at:
Have your circumstances changed due to the Coronavirus? Do you think your child may now be entitled to free school meals? If so please apply online at https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims/ This online checker will then notify Trinity if your child is entitled to free school meals, we will then update their school record . Once it is established that you are entitled to free school meals, you will be eligible to receive a £15 supermarket voucher each week via the government’s voucher scheme, whilst your child is not in school and a free meal each day when they are in school. Please make sure that school have the correct email address for you as the vouchers are sent to you via email.
You will receive your voucher at the beginning of each week.
Supporting parents of children with SEND
Educational Psychology Helpline 0161 276 0118 (Monday – Friday 1.00pm – 3.00pm)
A helpline for parents/carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs
and Disabilities and for Early Help professionals within Manchester LA.
We can offer a problem-solving phone conversation relating to educating your child/young
person at home and responding to issues relating to learning, behaviour, anxiety and
mental health needs.
– are you feeling unsure how to teach your child learn at home?
– are you finding it difficult to teach what is expected?
– is it difficult to help your child stay calm or get them to co-operate?
– are you concerned that you don’t have the right equipment or resources?
These are particularly difficult times for parents/carers of children and young people with
special needs and disabilities. We are available to talk through difficulties you may be
Manchester City have developed a CityzensAtHome site which is publicly available and covers information and activities for people during this time. City in the Community have contributed and there are some physical activities, healthy eating recipes etc suitable for all ages.
The club are also continuing to post activities on the social media channels as are City in the Community (@CITCTweets)
Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness week across the UK. It seems more important than ever that we are thinking about our mental well being. So what is mental health? When we talk about this we are referring to your psychological and emotional well-being. It is not just about being ‘happy’ because believe it or not it is impossible to be happy all the time! It refers to you feeling healthy in your thoughts and emotions, you are able to cope with the ups and downs of life.
Sometimes, especially in strange or uncertain times, our mental well-being can suffer and we might find ourselves not being able to manage our emotions or thoughts. This is OK! Most people at sometime in their life will struggle with their emotions or thoughts or both!
Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign that aims to get people talking about their mental health and ways in which we can make ourselves feel better. This years theme is ‘Kindness’- of course it is important to be kind all of the time but it is even more important to be kind in the current times. It is about being kind to others but also to yourself!
If you feel like you, or your family, are struggling with your thoughts and emotions then below are some useful links for you to look at. If you want to learn more about mental health and the campaign then the first website is the one to go to! Remember there is lots of help available online if you are struggling, in particular Kooth has an online chat service.
So during Mental Health Awareness Week the house team would like you to try and be kind, whether that is to yourself, your family, friends or neighbours!
The House Team
Manchester City Council Hub
A new coronavirus support centre and hotline have been set up by Manchester City Council for vulnerable people self-isolating without friends or family to help them, including if you are acarer, care leaver or young carer.
From March 2020 thenewhub will coordinate food parcels, medicine and fuel top-up payments for people with no support network, as well as those who have been told by the NHS they are high-risk.
The hotline number is 0800 234 6123 and it will be open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm
Call the hub to access the support you need.
Kooth will continue to provide online mental health and wellbeing support to young people via any internet accessible device. Kooth provides an opportunity to interact in a supportive way with other young people as well as receive support from a qualified counsellor.
Whilst your son/daughter is accessing their learning online it is important that they use the internet safely and responsibly. For support in keeping your child safe online please find the below links, as recommended by the Department for Education: