Blue Bus runs bus services on Russell Island and Macleay Island (Bay islands).
School bus services
School Bus Services
Blue Bus runs school bus services on Russell Island and Macleay Island (Bay Islands).
Behaviour on the Bus.
All school students travelling on school buses need to abide by the Code of Conduct for School Bus Travel (QT). This outlines the rights and responsibilities and the behaviour expected of students whilst travelling on the school bus. The consequences of failing to meet the behaviour expectations outlined in the code are clearly stated. This means that your child may be refused travel on the bus for a period of time, if they are unable to meet those expectations. These consequences will be strictly enforced for the safety and enjoyment of all bus travellers.
Receiving your bus pass.
Once you have submitted your application (either paper or electronic), there may be some time before we receive notification of approval from Qld Transport. Once you have submitted your application to us, we allow your child to travel on the bus until we receive the approval from QT. Especially at the beginning of the year, when there are thousands of forms to be processed by QT, it can take some time for the approvals to come back to us, so we allow your child to travel once you have submitted your form. The driver will have a list to check those students who are pending approval. Once the approval is notified, we will then issue them with a bus pass that the driver will hand to the student.
If you have not completed an application or your child is not eligible for assisted travel, then your child is not able to travel on the bus unless they pay a fare.
Students are required to carry their bus pass with them at all times when they are travelling on the bus and to show it when entering the bus and if requested by the driver.
What to do if you lose your bus pass.
If your child loses their bus pass, you will need to apply for a new one. You can do this three ways:
- Call the office on (07) 38207815 to explain what has happened and a new one will be issued when the next batch of passes is printed. Once you have notified us, your child will still be able to travel on the bus until they receive their new pass.
- Personally inform the bus driver that your child has lost their pass and request a form to fill in a new paper application marking “Lost Bus Pass” at Section 2 on the front page as the reason for the application. Sign and date the form.
- Write a letter for your child to hand in to the driver explaining what has happened and requesting a new pass. Clearly state the child’s name grade and school, the reason why the replacement pass is needed and sign and date the letter.
You can’t apply for a replacement bus pass online. We require written and/or verbal communication from the parent so that we know that parents are aware that their child has lost their pass. The first replacement of a lost pass is free. However, if the pass is being repeatedly lost, a charge of $10 to replace the pass will be levied.
Coronavirus and School Transport
The Queensland Government has provided the following guidelines for School Services:
Following the re-commencement of regular schooling, children attending school classes will be exempt from the requirements for social distancing.
While travelling to and from school on dedicated school transport services (which transport only school children), these services are not required to include any specific measures for social distancing.
Physical distancing requirements are exempt for public transport (including buses), however physical distancing guidelines should be followed at bus interchange locations, pick-ups and drop-offs and on other shared transport services.
Transport operators will ensure that buses and surface touch points are cleaned according to COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection recommendations.