|Contact :||Fionnuala Kearins|
|Telephone:||071 - 9138300|
|Fax:||071 - 9144121|
|E-mail:||fkearins [at] sligovec.ie|
The school transport scheme is operated by Bus Eireann on behalf of the Department of Education and Science (School Transport Section).
Bus Eireann is responsible for planning routes, employing bus drivers, collecting fares and ensuring compliance with safety regulations and insurance.
County Sligo V.E.C. is responsible for administering the school transport scheme in County Sligo for all eighteen second-level schools. The Chief Executive Officer assists Bus Eireann by acting as Transport Liaison Officer for the county.
Post-primary school transport scheme
To be eligible for transport under this scheme, a pupil must:
- be enrolled for an approved course in a recognised post-primary school;
- be not less than 12 years of age on the first day of January of the school-year in which the pupil enters second level education;
- as a rule, have completed a full course of primary education;
- live 4.8 kilometres, or more, from his/her appropriate post-primary education centre.
- Eligible pupils may be transported to the post-primary centre which caters for the catchment area in which they live. (Pupils availing themselves of such facilities are referred to as "Fully Eligible Pupils")
- School transport services are organised as a network of main routes serving each catchment area. Pupils living off a main route are expected to get, or be brought, to a convenient pick-up on the main route. Spurs off the main route will not be operated for such pupils. The routes will be planned so that, as far as possible, no pupil will have more than 3.2 kilometres to travel to a pick-up point.
- To be eligible for transport under this scheme, a pupil must:
- Where an eligible pupil attends a school at a centre other than the post-primary centre which caters for the catchment area in which s/he lives, s/he may be allowed the concession of transport from the catchment boundary of the center attended, provided there is a spare seat on a bus serving that centre.
- The pupils themselves, are responsible for getting to the catchment boundary or to the nearest school bus service within that catchment area. (Pupils availing of such facilities are referred to as "Catchment Boundary Pupils").
- A pupil who is approved for catchment boundary transport is not guaranteed school transport for the duration of his/her education at that centre. As this is a concessionary measure, continued transport will depend on the availability of spare seats on the bus to that centre each school term. Priority will be given to eligible pupils enrolled in or proposing to enrol in a school located in the catchment area in which they live. If you are unsure about the catchment area in which you live or the various categories of school transport, please check with your chosen school or the Transport Liaison Officer at the offices of the Vocational Education Committee, Quay Street, Sligo.
- Eligible pupils may avail of school transport under the scheme on payment of the appropriate term contribution. Where parents or legal guardians of eligible pupils are holders of family medical cards (not the child's own medical card), the contribution may be waived in respect of such children.
- A grant may be paid towards the cost of private transport arrangements where a pupil is eligible for transport and none is available, or where a pupil is unable to avail of school transport, due to illness/disability.
- For fully eligible pupils residing more than 3.2 kilometres from a pick-up point or outside the range of a school transport service, a Remote Area Grant, based on distance and attendance may be paid. Only one grant is payable per family.
Education through Irish
- Pupils who wish to obtain post-primary education entirely through Irish are eligible for transport to the nearest centre in which there is a secondary, vocational, comprehensive or community school providing such education, if they live 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) or more from the centre.
- No special school bus service may be established unless there is a minimum of seven eligible pupils within an area which can be reasonably and economically served by the bus route.
- The combined maximum daily travelling and waiting times is ideally 2.5 hours, but may in exceptional circumstances, exceed this threshold.
- The granting of facilities under this scheme will be at the discretion of the Minister for Education and Science.
- The fact that transport facilities have been availed of by pupils contrary to the terms of the scheme in no way confers on the recipients a right to continue to avail of the facilities.
- Further information on school transport services may be obtained by visiting the Department of Education & Science website at www.education.ie
How To Apply For School Transport
School transport forms are sent to the V.E.C. Offices at the end of February of each year, the forms are then sent by V.E.C. staff to the seven schools in the county.
There are three types of forms available:
Forms can be acquired at the post-primary schools from March onwards. The form must be completed fully and signed by the school principal.
The forms are then forwarded to the V.E.C. Office (School Transport Section) for routing and processing. Processed forms are forwarded to Bus Eireann by Sligo V.E.C. staff; it is the duty of Bus Eireann to issue invoices and tickets.
Cost of Transport
|Junior Cycle - €56.00 per term||Junior Cycle - €300 Yearly|
|Senior Cycle - €78.00 per term||Senior Cycle - €300 Yearly|
|Concessionary - €78.00||Concessionary - €300 Yearly|
|Max Family Rate - €165.00||Max Family Rate - €650 per Year|
Please note that there is a maximum charge of €165.00 per family for the term 2008/2009.
Charges maybe waived for students whose parents are medical cardholders.