Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (400)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

400. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a decision will issue on the school transport appeals in respect of children attending a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31750/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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 kilometres annually.

Under the terms of the Department's Post Primary School Transport Scheme children are eligible for school transport where they reside not less than 4.8 kilometres from and are attending their nearest education centre as determined by my Department/Bus Éireann, having regard to ethos and language.

An appeal was lodged with the School Transport Appeals Board on the 11th of June 2019. The Board will liaise directly with the family regarding the appeal date and their subsequent deliberations.