A bus escort is an employee of the Board of Management (BOM) and is paid through payroll with 8% holiday entitlement. Bus escorts are funded through Department of Education (DE) funding and a grant is paid to the BOM. They should receive a contract of employment – Refer to management body for samples of contracts. Bus escorts are generally not entitled to sick leave, etc but these details should be stated in the contract. A bus escort reconciliation must be submitted to the School Transport Section annually, this determines the amount of funding the school receives. Any over payment will be carried forward and any shortfall will be reimbursed.
This circular clarifies that bus escorts are not to be paid rolled up holiday pay, but to be paid holiday pay at a rate of 8% during school closures. This follows the pattern of school secretaries and caretakers.
An SNA can also work as a bus escort but there are 2 separate contracts of employments – the DE is the employer for the SNA and the BOM is the employer for the bus escorts. A bus escort can divide their tax credits if they wish using myAccount on Revenue.
The current hourly rate of pay is €13.40 + 8% holiday pay. (This includes a 2% increase from 01 October 2020). They are paid accrued holiday pay during school holidays and are entitled to claim social welfare entitlements during summer closures.
Application for a bus escort can be made by the BOM to the School Transport Section. This follows once the initial application has been submitted by the SENO (Special Education Needs Officer) for the bus service and approval granted.
School Transport Section,
Department of Education & Skills,
Phone No. 057 932 5466/7
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