Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Department of Education and Skills
School Transport Provision
204. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department received a request from a school (details supplied) to support the provision of a dedicated school bus to transport students of the school to and from the Southgate and Grange Rath area of County Meath to the new temporary accommodation of the school in Bettystown, County Meath in view of the planning delays associated with the school site; if the support requested will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30361/19]
School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
There are currently over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually.
The purpose of the scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school.
Children are generally eligible for school transport if they satisfy the distance criteria and are attending their nearest school.
Children who are not eligible for school transport, under the terms of the scheme, may apply to Bus Éireann for transport on a concessionary basis only.
Families of children who require transport under the terms of the School Transport Scheme are advised to contact their local Bus Éireann office to inquire about applying for transport to the school referred to by the Deputy.
The terms of the School Transport Schemes are applied equitably on a national basis.