Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Education and Skills

School Transport

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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287. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a family (details supplied) in County Kerry is eligible for a special education school transport grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [49478/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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School Transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department of Education. In the 2020/21 school year over 114,100 children, including over 14,700 children with special educational needs, were transported on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country at a cost of over €224.7m in 2020.

Under the terms of my Department’s School Transport Scheme for Children with Special Educational Needs, children are eligible for school transport where they have special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability and are attending the nearest recognised school/class that is resourced to meet their special educational needs. Eligibility is determined following consultation with the National Council for Special Education through its network of Special Education Needs Organisers.

School Transport Section of my Department has no record of receipt of an application to date for the pupil referred to by the Deputy. A parent/guardian should contact the school principal of the school that their child is attending who will assist in making an application for school transport to the SENO that is affiliated with their school.

The family may also contact School Transport Section who would be happy to assist if they wish to discuss.

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