School Bus System Important Information .

Dear Principal,
In advance of your Open/ Enrolment Night, I wish to again bring your attention to the terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme which are available on the Department of Education and Skills website at www.education.ie<http://www.education.ie>

Put simply, children are eligible for transport where they reside not less than 4.8 kms from and are attending their nearest post primary school/education centre as determined by the Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.

In selecting a post primary school, it is important that parents be made aware of eligibility criteria for school transport provision because arising from changes which were introduced in September 2012 it may be the case that children in the same family or area may be eligible for transport to different schools. While it is the prerogative of parents to send their children to the school of their choice, eligibility for school transport is to the nearest school.

To assist parents in relation to school transport eligibility, it would be appreciated if the enclosed Question and Answer Sheet could be brought to parents’ attention at your open/enrolment night.

Application can be made online at www.buseireann.ie<http://www.buseireann.ie/> and must be submitted before the last Friday in April (28th April 2017). It is important that applications for school transport are made on time as late applicants are not guaranteed seats.

Further information or clarification may be obtained by parents by contacting their local Bus Éireann office; contact details are attached.

Your support in disseminating this information to parents is appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
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Gerry Gannon,
Manager, School Transport.
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SCHOOL TRANSPORT 2017/2018 School Year

1.    Who is eligible?

Children who reside at least 4.8 kilometres from and attending their nearest school are eligible for post primary school transport.

2.    How do I apply?

Online to Bus Éireann at www.buseireann.ie<http://www.buseireann.ie>

3.    When do I apply?

Applications should be submitted before the last Friday in April. Late applicants are not guaranteed a seat.

4.    What is the charge?

The current annual charge is €350 per child with a family maximum of €650.

5.    Can I spread the payment over the school year?

Payments may be made in two instalments in July and December.

6.    Are some children exempt from paying?

Yes. Only eligible children i.e. children residing at least 4.8 kilometres from and attending their nearest school, who hold valid Medical Cards (GMS Scheme), do not pay. All other children must pay.

7.    Where can I get more details on the scheme?

Full terms of the Post Primary School Transport Scheme are available at www.education.ie<http://www.education.ie> and www.buseireann.ie<http://www.buseireann.ie>.

8.    Where can I get further information?

From your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office – contact details overleaf.
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To contact your local Bus Éireann School Transport Office by email please go to www.buseireann.ie<http://www.buseireann.ie>

Region

Local Office

Contact No.

Westmeath, Longford,
Offaly, Roscommon, Laois

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Station Road, Athlone

090 6473277

Mayo

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Kevin Barry Street, Ballina

096 71816

Dublin, Kildare,
Meath, Wicklow

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Regional School Transport Office,
Area Office, Broadstone, Dublin 7

01 8302222

Louth, Monaghan,
Cavan

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Bus Station
Long Walk, Dundalk

042 682 5900

Cork

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Capwell, Cork

021 4557137
021 4557129

Clare, Limerick
Tipperary (North)

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Roxboro Road, Limerick

061 217484

Galway

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Ceannt Station, Eyre Square,
Galway

091 537530

Sligo, Leitrim

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Lord Edward Street, Sligo

071 9160440

Donegal

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Stranorlar

074 9131008

Waterford, Carlow,Tipperary (South),
Kilkenny, Wexford

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Plunkett Station, Waterford

051 873401

Kerry

Bus Éireann School Transport Office
Casement Station, Tralee

066 7164750