Education authorities have a statutory responsibility to provide and finance the transport of school pupils who live specified distances from school. The statutory qualifying distance for pupils of school age under eight is two miles and for those eight years and over is three miles.
Shetland Islands Council has exercised its discretion by provision additional transport during the "winter period" to pupils, and in addition, extend or divert transport as far as possible whenever a pupil who is entitled to transport has more than half a mile to walk to a pick up point.
If your child meets the eligibility criteria set out in the School Transport Policy or if you have any other queries please contact Transport Planning.
The Council's Transport Planning Service manage a School Bus Voicebank on 01595 745743 with the latest updates on school transport, especially during periods of bad weather. This carries any service disruption information provided by local bus operators and any other details about known service changes affecting school transport.
Request for Vacant Seats for Session 2023-24
All Education Authorities are required to offer any vacant seats on school transport to pupils who live on a route, but within the specified walking distance of their school.
All such requests are granted on the basis that should any children move into the area who are entitled to school transport, those seats may have to be relinquished.
Applications for Vacant Seats are now open until 08 September 2023: Application For A Vacant Seat On School Transport
Please note that it is not possible to grant seats on Public Service buses which are used to transport school pupils; however non-entitled pupils may travel as members of the public and pay the appropriate fare.
The allocation of any available vacant seats will be done towards the end of September, with letters being issued to parents and carers shortly thereafter advising whether or not their application has been successful and enclosing the necessary bus pass if so. Children will not be allowed to travel on school transport vehicles without a valid pass.