Mum may have to quit her job over school­bus mix-up

12-YEAR-OLD WAS ‘TOO LATE’ TO GET TICKET

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

PAR­ENTS of a 12 year old at­tend­ing a south Wick­low sit­u­ated school have been forced to jug­gle their jobs for the school run be­cause a mix-up meant their child didn’t re­ceive a bus ticket.

Now the mother of the fam­ily may have to con­sider giv­ing up her job in or­der to drop off her son at school each day and pick him up.

The stu­dent only started secondary school this year and de­spite liv­ing in the school’s catch­ment area, he has so far been re­fused a ticket from C.I.E..

Now his frus­trated fa­ther feels the fam­ily have been se­ri­ously let down, with no one tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for a mix-up which re­sulted in C.I.E never re­ceiv­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion form in time.

‘The school told us they would sort things out if we sent them the ap­pli­ca­tion forms for bus tick­ets. We ap­plied last Fe­bru­ary and heard noth­ing back so in Au­gust we con­tacted C.I.E to see what the de­lay was. They told us they had never re­ceived the forms and sent out an­other form for us to fill in. We sent that back to them straight away only to re­ceive a let­ter to say we were a late ap­pli­cant and there­fore wouldn’t be get­ting a ticket.’

C.I.E have re­fused to re­lent, even though the fam­ily say that other chil­dren with tick­ets for the bus aren’t from the catch­ment area for the school. The par­ents have since tired to get their son on a pri­vate bus that takes a sim­i­lar route but that too is sold out.

‘Some­where in the sys­tem be­tween the school and C.I.E the forms got lost. We don’t feel we were late be­cause we had ev­ery­thing filled out and signed in Fe­bru­ary,’ in­sists the fa­ther.

Hav­ing to trans­port their son to and from school each day is also af­fect­ing the cou­ple’s work, with the wife now con­sid­er­ing quit­ting or chang­ing jobs so she has to free time for the school run.

They re­main hope­ful that C.I.E may be able to come to their as­sis­tance, but so far feel they keep com­ing up against a brick wall.

‘Our son is set­tled in the school now so we don’t want to move him. If we were told in May or June of the trou­ble we could come up against then we would have sent him to a dif­fer­ent school all to­gether.’

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