School Buses: important changes from September 2011.
Families must apply directly to Bus Éireann for school transport no later than 31st March 2011. ‘Bus Éireann School Transport Office, Plunkett Station, Waterford (Tel: 051 873 401.) Online applications can be submitted at www.buseireann.ie
Introduction of annual charges: €50 per primary pupil, up to a family maximum of €110. (Exemptions for pupils with valid medical cards.)
Families on a bus route, but living less than 2 miles from the school can apply for a ‘Concessionary Ticket’ (€200 per pupil per annum.)
Bus Éireann will issue invoices during July 2011. (Pay 50% July; 50% November.)
Application forms are downloadable at www.buseireann.ie (Bus Éireann were also due to post forms directly to all families currently using the free bus services.)
It is important that application forms are completed and returned to Bus Éireann by 31st March – bus services with low numbers of applicants will be withdrawn.
Please note that, in light of the above changes, families must liaise directly with the Bus Éireann School Transport office. Our school office no longer has any role re: tickets, routes, etc.
Traffic arrangements from September 2011: parking for parents/guardians will be even more limited than at present, (as our school continues to grow.) A large area will continue to be reserved for use by school buses.
Please remind the children to wear seatbelts at all times when travelling by car or school bus.