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School Transport

From: Department of Education and Skills

Description

School Transport Section of the Department is responsible for formulating policy and administering the School Transport Schemes. The purpose of the school transport schemes is, having regard to available resources, to support transport for;

  • Children who reside remote from their nearest Primary and Post Primary school and;
  • Children with Special Educational Needs.

Bus Éireann operates the school transport schemes on behalf of the Department.

Information on Primary School Transport

Description

The Primary School Transport Scheme supports the transport to and from school of children who reside not less than 3.2 kilometres from and are attending their nearest national school.

How to Apply

Parents of a child wishing to avail of school transport services must apply to Bus Éireann. Application forms are available on-line at www.buseireann.ie or by contacting your local Bus Éireann office.

Information on Post Primary School Transport

Description

The Post Primary School Transport Scheme supports the transport to and from school of children who reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest post-primary education centre/school.

Under the terms of the Department's Post-Primary School Transport Scheme children may be eligible for transport where they reside 4.8 kilometres or more from their nearest education centre, subject to limited exceptions relating to ethos and language. While it is the prerogative of parents to send their children to the post-primary school of their choice, eligibility for school transport at post primary level is to the nearest education centre/school, subject to limited exceptions.

For the purposes of school transport provision, ethos relates to the religious ethos of minority religion schools, while language relates to the Irish or English language. In practice this means that:

  • Children who, for reasons of their religious ethos, choose to attend their nearest minority religion denominational school may be eligible for school transport to that school, even if it is not their nearest school.
  • Children who choose to attend their nearest all-Irish school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school.
  • Children who choose to attend their nearest all-English school/unit may be eligible for school transport to that school/unit, even if it is not their nearest school.

How to Apply

Parents of a child wishing to avail of school transport services must apply to Bus Éireann. Application forms are available on-line at www.buseireann.ie or by contacting your Local Bus Éireann office.

Information on School Transport for Children with Special Educational Needs

Description

To support the transport to and from school of children with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability.

How to Apply

Click here to download Application for School Transport for Children with Special Educational Needs

Application forms should be completed and signed by the parent, school principal and the Special Education Needs Organiser [SENO].

Contact

School Transport

Address:
School Transport, Department of Education & Skills, Portlaoise Road, Tullamore, Offaly, R35 Y2N5

See Also

School Transport FAQs