Council Issues Clarification on School Transport Following Rezoning’s

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Monday April 17 2017

Moray Council has issued clarification to parents on the provision of school transport for their children following the revision of a number of school catchment areas.

A total of 24 schools have had their catchment areas amended to some extent over the past two years.

The council has now written to all parents of the schools affected by the changes to clarify the position on school transport for their children.

In his letter, director of education and social care Laurence Findlay said that pupils were entitled to free transport if they lived more than two miles from their zoned school.

However, parents or carers who chose to have their children educated at an establishment outwith their catchment school would be expected to meet their own transport costs.

“All children currently on the roll of a school when the catchment area changes will have the option of remaining at that school and continue to receive free transport if so entitled,” said Mr Findlay.

“All new enrolments will be on the basis of new catchment areas.

“Transport will only be provided – for those entitled – to the new zoned school.

“This includes younger siblings who have older siblings attending the previously zoned school.”

Mr Findlay said that parents wishing younger siblings to attend the same previously zoned school as older siblings would have to make an out-of-zone placing request for younger siblings to attend a non-catchment area school.

“In these circumstances, parents will be required to meet transport costs for these younger siblings,” he added.

 

 

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