MY daughter was born prematurely at just 24 weeks, sadly with cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease, no speech or mobility.

Victoria requires 24/7 care.

We have been shielding from coronavirus since March 13.

Finally, after 25 weeks, Victoria should return to school.

Victoria is transported to school on a school bus.

I recently talked to the special educational needs (SEN) manager about what precautions will be in place on the school bus to mitigate the risk of coronavirus infection and Covid-19.

I was told that social distancing guidance would be in place and transport companies would do two runs in the morning and afternoon to keep the children as safe as possible.

Yesterday, I had a phone call from the local authority’s transport department advising that all official guidance has been removed.

Instead of the previously mentioned precautions, all children from two special schools will be on the same bus without social distancing and most of those children won’t be wearing masks because of their medical conditions.

My daughter’s school designed bubbles to keep my daughter and other children safe.

However the local authority is effectively putting all children at risk by mixing them on one bus.

Instead of meeting 10 people, Victoria will be in contact with more than 20 from different bubbles and households.

A massive and unnecessary additional risk.

People are asked to socially distance and wear masks on public transport, but who will protect the most vulnerable?

Victoria does not understand the danger, cannot move herself away from others, cannot ask people to keep a social distance and cannot say if she feels sick or uncomfortable.

I kept my daughter safe for half a year, hoping to send her back out into a normal world.

Instead I am expected to send her out into the world without any protection.

I feel anxious, disappointed and angry that everything I have done could end up being for nothing.