Eligible Students

Free School Bus Transport is intended for Eligible Students

  • Students must live certain distance/s within the nearest appropriate school
  • If students are not eligible for funded transport ASTN have other options available
  1. Students who are enrolled at a network school will be entitled to free school transport if there is no suitable public bus service available and they meet the following criteria.
    1. live more than 3.2 kilometres from their nearest appropriate school if under 10 years of age; or
    2. live more than 4.8 kilometres from their nearest appropriate school if 10 years of age or over  AND attend their nearest appropriate school.
  2. The distance for eligibility is measured over the shortest public road or public pedestrian rout from the home roadside gate of the student to the nearest appropriate school.
  3. Students enrolled at a network school and meet the above distance criteria but do not attend their nearest appropriate school are eligible for free travel within the Funded Catchment Area of the network school they attend. The Network may require the student to have a ASTN concession travel ticket from their school.
  4. Students who are enrolled at a network school but do not meet either of the above criteria are ineligible to travel on a network school bus  unless there is sufficient seating available and the school has written permission from ASTN. The network may require the student to  have a ASTN concession travel ticket from their school.
  5. Students not enrolled at a network school but meet the criteria in clause 2 may travel on a network school bus if there is sufficient seating available.

Private Fees for those who Do Not Meet Eligibility Criteria

When a student lives more than 2.4km from their nearest bus route and meet the criteria for school transport. They may be eligible for a private conveyance allowance. Application forms are available from here.

  1. All students who are ineligible (do not meet the distance criteria) but are attending their nearest school, with the exception of those rural students who fit into Category 1. These students can only use the buses if there is room for them.
  2. All students who are ineligible (do not meet the distance criteria) and are not attending their nearest school.
  3. All students who are eligible (meet the distance criteria) but are not attending their nearest school.

Bus Transport for Urban Students

Environment Canterbury provides bus services for the Timaru urban area via the 'Metro' buses. Some of theses routes are designated as school buses. Details of routes and times are available from here or Metro Info Phone 688 5544.

Nearest Appropriate School

Definition of nearest appropriate school is:

  1. The closest school to the home of the student; or  The closest integrated school of a special character with which the caregivers identify to the home of the student.
  2. There are situations where the nearest school is not appropriate for the purposes of determining eligibility. Below are examples of schools that can be excluded when determining eligibility and the next nearest appropriate school will be used:
  3. School is a single-sex boys or girls school (of the wrong gender);
  4. School is a special character school with which the caregiver does not identify; or School is an integrated school.

Funded Catchment Area

Definition of Funded Catchment Area is:

  1. The area enclosed by Ministry of Education designed school bus routes for which Aoraki School Transport Network receives funding.
  2. This area is subject to change when the Ministry's agent reviews the bus routes biannually, or when the location of students eligible to attend network schools requires the Ministry's agent to review the bus routes.
  3. Or the area as described above and including any area enclosed when the ASTN committee has allocated funding to enable a school bus route extension.
  4. Subject to ministry funding the Funded Catchment Area may extend outside the network school's Transport Entitlement Zone
  5. School buses will not operate on all the roads contained within the Funded Catchment Area.

 

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