Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (79)

Finian McGrath

Question:

79. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding school trransport. [21692/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Children with special educational needs are eligible for school transport if they are attending the nearest recognised: mainstream school, special class/special school or a unit, that is or can be resourced, to meet their special educational needs under Department of Education and Skills' criteria. Children who are eligible for transport retain their eligibility while they remain enrolled in the special class/special school or unit, provided there is no change in their circumstances. Eligible children who are enrolled in an autism class/unit attached to a mainstream school and who subsequently mainstream in that school retain their transport eligibility for the duration of their primary education in this school. Children who mainstream in a different school are required to submit a new application for school transport; this application will be processed in accordance with the terms of the relevant scheme.