ISSUED: Sunday 29 March 2020 8:00pm
UPDATE: We have made a commitment to continue operating all bus services until we receive a directive from the Department of Transport and Main Roads or the operation of the service is no longer viable. For those parents who are employed and can’t work from home, the government considers you an “essential service” worker. School’s will remain open for these parents. Furthermore, if your child is vulnerable, the government has also created exemptions so your child can continue attending school. Young’s Bus Service school bus services routes will continue to operate. Our public transport services are also completely operational. Sufficient warning will be provided should we decided to suspend services.
For those passengers who continue using our services we wanted to thank-you for putting your trust in us. The buses are cleaned several times a day and our drivers are well aware of the current social distancing measures. Our operations team are continually monitoring the event and will implement the necessary measures inline with Government announcements.
ORIGINAL POST from 26 March 2020
On the 26 March 2020, the Queensland Government announced schools would be ‘student free’ across the state in response to coronavirus. In a press conference held on Thursday 26 March 2020, the Queensland Premier announced “All schools across Queensland will be ‘student-free’ from Monday in the state government’s latest measure to stop the spread of coronavirus. But schools will remain open to children whose parents are deemed essential workers, and to ‘vulnerable children’.”
What does this mean for public transport?
Young’s Bus Service is a public transport provider that is considered an “essential service”. Operations Manager Phil Young said “Young’s Bus Service will continue to operate all services as per current published timetable information. Should there be a significant reduction in utilisation, we will seek advice from the Department of Transport and Main Roads and make the necessary changes.”
School Status information from the Department of Education.
The below information has been downloaded from the Education Queensland website. Due to significant server load and performance issues being experienced by the Queensland Government, we have downloaded a copy of the information to host on our site. This will allow our customers who utilise our school services to access the information without interruption.
The Term 1 break will begin on Monday 30 March 2020 for all state school students. Five student free days have been declared for Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April 2020. Staff of state schools and community kindergartens will begin their Term 1 break on Monday, 6 April. Schools will reopen to students and staff on Monday, 20 April 2020 unless health authorities advise otherwise.
During the period 30 March to 3 April, schools will continue to provide a program of care and supervision for children of essential workers. For students at home, teaching and learning resources are available through the department’s learning@home website.
Frequently asked questions have been developed for further information.