Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (337)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

337. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the school bus operated by a bus service (details supplied) has run out of private funding; if he will consider funding this school bus service to ensure school attendance rates are maintained; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19348/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

There are currently over 117,500 children, including over 13,000 children with special educational needs, transported in over 5,000 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million km annually.

The purpose of my Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme is, having regard to available resources, to support the transport to and from school of children who reside remote from their nearest school. In general, children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8 km from and are attending their nearest post-primary school.

All children who are eligible for school transport and who complete the application process on time will be accommodated under the terms of my Department's School Transport Scheme in the 2019/2020 school year.

Questions Nos. 338 and 339 answered with Question No. 263.