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;
Bus Éireann operates the school transport schemes on behalf of the Department.
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.
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.
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:
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.
To support the transport to and from school of children with special educational needs arising from a diagnosed disability.
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Application forms should be completed and signed by the parent, school principal and the Special Education Needs Organiser [SENO].