School Transport

Stepaside ETNS school bus

The Parents Association Committee (PAC) established a school bus when the school moved to Belarmine in April 2018. 

The current school bus is a 24-seater bus. Parents can apply for a seat on the bus for the upcoming school year before a specified closing date.  If you’d like to check eligibility to join the school bus you need to apply at BusEireann.  Full details on eligibility can be found by clicking http://www.gov.ie/en/service/school-transport/

The application will take a few weeks to be processed. Once you meet the criteria, you will receive an email from BusEireann to pay for your ticket. Once payment is made you will receive your bus ticket in August and your child(ren) are welcome to join one of the existing pick-up points listed below. 

All children attending Stepaside ETNS can apply for a bus ticket (from Junior Infants to 6th class). Children will use the bus without their parents accompanying them. It is recommended that an adult wait with the child at the bus stop and picks them up in the afternoon. However, this is depending on their age and ability. 

Example of school bus pick up points and times 2021/22:

7.35am: Central Park across from Clayton Hotel

7.50am: The Gallops 'At the end of Orby Park'

7.55am: The Gallops Luas/Bus stop at ‘Glencairn Crescent/Ballyogan Road'

8.00am: Leopardstown Valley Luas Stop

8.10am: Glenamuck Rd, 'The Carrickmines Manor' (estate entrance)

8.15am: Kilternan 'Rockville Estate' (estate entrance)

8.15am: Bishops Gate, Kilternan (estate entrance)

8.20am: Stepaside Educate Together NS

Children must be at the agreed pick up point on time. Unfortunately, the bus driver won’t have time to wait for individuals. 

The drop off in the afternoon should take about the same time or maybe a few minutes less than in the morning. The bus will leave at approx. 2.15pm from the school, so you can calculate based on the table above what time children will arrive back at the pick-up/drop off point. Please note, this might be a few metres down the road on the opposite side for safety reasons. 

If you have any questions, please email the PAC at pac@stepasideetns.ie


Car Pooling

Share the journey with your neighbour! Our PAC have been promoting and facilitating car-pooling for the last 2 years. The PAC can help out in organising car pooling. If you are interested please contact: pac@stepasideetns.ie

While we are still having issues with traffic and parking in the area, it has been noted that many people  are making a huge effort to leave the car away from school. We hugely appreciate all your efforts to make our community as safe as possible for our children. Thank you.

Walking Bus

The PAC will be reaching out to the wider parent body to organise and run a walking bus in Belarmine. Please watch this space for updates. If you are interested and available to volunteer please contact pac@stepasideetns.ie. Great for older kids!
Drop your kids off at the walking bus stop and the supervised walk brings the kids to school safely. We will keep you updated on this.

Safety tips from Green Schools Travel

▪ Always be bright and be seen
▪ Always stay on pavements or footpaths
▪ Always use pedestrian crossings or lollipop wardens
▪ Always be responsible near roads
▪ Always remember the Safe Cross Code
▪ Always take care when crossing cycle lanes

Some useful links:

https://www.transportforireland.ie/wp_super_faq/top-tips-for-walking-to-school-from-green-schools-travel/
http://www.dlrcoco.ie/sites/default/files/atoms/files/dlr_travel_plan_walking_bus_guide_december_2015_final_2.pdf

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