To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of school transport for special needs students in a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Holy Family SNS Swords, Co. Dublin
School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
In the 2017/18 school year over 117,000 children, including over 12,000 children with special educational needs, were transported in over 4,500 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually at a total cost of almost €190 million in 2017.
Bus Éireann has advised that a number of children who applied for school transport, to the school in question, are travelling on existing services and a new service will commence next week to cater for the remaining applicants.