PUPILS who take the school bus in West Berkshire could get partial refunds on fares already paid.

Schools across the country closed on Friday, March 20, after the government ordered them to shut during the coronavirus pandemic.

Parents and carers in West Berkshire can now apply for refunds if they have bought a farepayer seat on home to school transport for the two weeks from Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 3.

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The Easter break was due to start on Monday April 6, until Friday, April 17.

It is still unclear when schools will reopen, and the government has said it depends on when the scientific advice says it safe to do so.

Those applying for refunds need to fill in a form and submit it online to West Berkshire Council. The payment will be made by bank transfer.

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According to a council spokesman, parents and carers could get automatic refunds for school transport for the next two terms, once the government has decided whether schools should stay closed.

The next school term runs from April 20 to May 22, and the summer term runs from June 1 to July 17.

Completed forms should be emailed to transport@westberks.gov.uk by Thursday, April 30.