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Reverse the revised School transport policy.

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Essex County Council have changed the school transport policy governing free transport to secondary schools. Free transport now only applies to the nearest school provided it is more than 3 miles away. 

The policy change was not  adequately advertised to parents before they made their secondary school applications and so now many families are facing bills of hundreds of pounds for bus transport that is not even guaranteed to be provided. Children already receiving free transport will continue to do so, so some families have children who are receiving transport and children who are not.

It is now too late to apply to the nearest school. There was no information given to us about which was our nearest school and ECC are not disclosing how they measure the distance as yet.

Schools both primary and secondary were not made aware of these changes by ECC and so could not warn families themselves.

We want ECC to reverse this policy for 1 year to allow for adequate advertising  of the policy change and proper information on how distances are calculated and which schools are nearest to be circulated to all schools and families affected and due to be affected.



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