WWETB Ukrainian Response

Regional Education and Language Teams (REALT) are hosted by the regional education and training boards around Ireland and staffed by regionally based education support personnel.

The primary role of the REALT is to build on existing regional education support structures and the initial focus will be on assisting families in securing school places. REALT will also support schools in the area to meet the needs of these children as they emerge, to advise and support the Department of Education in developing new capacity where required, and to co-ordinate the provision of education services to schools and families across their defined area.

These teams will ensure that clear, accessible information flows are in place between schools, local education support services and national support structures in relation to people arriving from Ukraine.

Contact details for the WWETB REALT Coordinator:

realt@wwetb.ie

086 8040089

 

Process for Provision of School Transport Services for Children Arriving to Ireland from Ukraine  

 Children in Host Family Homes  

 An application for school transport can be made via a link to an online form which is available here:  Application for school transport parent/guardian/host family.

Bus Éireann will check availability of school transport services and whether spare capacity exists.  

Where seats are available on existing services, the normal eligibility criteria will not apply and eligibility will be granted to the school that the child/children are enrolled in. 

If seats are available on an existing service/route, these seats will be offered to the child/children.  Where such seats are available the host family will be contacted and advised that a ticket will be issued.  While waiting for the ticket to be issued the child/children will be permitted to travel on the service and the driver and inspector will be aware of this in all such cases where these arrangements are being provided.  

Children will be expected to meet the service at the existing pick-up point.  

There will be no charge for the ticket and the child will be guaranteed a ticket for the duration of their education while living with their host family in Ireland.  

If the children move to live with another family/to another form of accommodation a new application for transport will be required.  

In cases where there is no existing service or where there is no capacity on an existing service, a grant can be offered to the host family as appropriate to support them with the cost of transport arrangements where the host family is providing for such transport arrangements.  

OR In cases where there is no existing service or where there is no capacity on an existing service, a grant can be offered to the Ukrainian family as appropriate to support them with the cost of transport arrangements where the Ukrainian family is providing for such transport arrangements.  

 

 Ukrainian Families Living in their own individual/independent/private accommodation 

 An application for school transport can be made by the parent/guardian via a link to an online form which is available here:  Application for school transport parent/guardian/host familyThe form will be available in English, Ukrainian and Russian.  

Bus Éireann will check availability of school transport services and whether spare capacity exists on the required route. 

Where seats are available on existing services, the normal eligibility criteria will not apply and eligibility will be granted to the school that the child/children are enrolled in. 

If seats are available on an existing service/route, these seats will be offered to the child/children. Where such seats are available the host family will be contacted and advised that a ticket will be issued. While waiting for the ticket to be issued the child/children will be permitted to travel on the service and the driver and inspector will be aware of this in all such cases where these arrangements are being provided.  

Children will be expected to meet the service at the existing pick-up point. 

There will be no charge for the ticket and the child will be guaranteed a ticket for the duration of their education while living in their current accommodation.  

If the family moves to new accommodation a new application for transport will be required.  

In cases where there is no existing service or where there is no capacity on an existing service a grant can be offered to the family as appropriate to support them with the cost of transport arrangements.  

 

Arrangements for applying for school transport for families and children staying in accommodation centres (or similar). 

 School principals may apply for transport for children attending their school who are residing in accommodation centres (or similar).  

School principals should complete the information required on the School Transport Application form and return it to realt@wwetb.ie  The information will be submitted by REALT to School Transport Section of the Department of Education, which will in turn liaise with Bus Éireann in order to provide school transport services as required.   

 

 

For further information for parents in Ukrainian and Russian on accessing school places, please visit gov.ie/Ukraine.

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