Route design rules

Route design rules

On this page you can find a summary of the Route Design rules that govern the operation of our school bus network.

Last updated: 10 March 2022

SONG Network Agreement – 2022

Schedule 1 – Route Design Rules

This Schedule describes the rules for the design of bus routes.

  1. Students living too close to school to be eligible for assistance will be able to access a service if there is seating capacity on the bus. The Group will not increase the capacity of bus to accommodate these students. The Group will not modify the route design to accommodate these students.
  2. Changes to school bus routes that have a negative impact on families will be implemented from the beginning of the following school term, or a later date as agreed by the Committee.
  3. A route branch will be added along a side roads where there at two or more families present.
  4. Route branches will be extended to the driveway of the second-last family on the branch. If a safe turning point cannot be found at this location, the turning point will be moved to the nearest sensible location.
  5. Bus routes will not be extended unless the route branch will be at least 1km long.
  6. Bus sizes will be increased where possible to enable students to be seated.
  7. Students will be dropped off in the afternoon at the same location as they were collected in the morning.
  8. When considering extensions to bus routes, the Committee will take into account a range of factors including:
    1. The ages of the students present
    2. The ability of parents to transport students to the route or turning point
    3. Safety
    4. Route timing
    5. Future enrolments.

Schedule 2 – Students not attending their nearest school

This Schedule describes the requirements for students not attending their nearest school.

  1. School bus routes are designed to transport students to the nearest appropriate school.
  2. Families that wish to access a school bus route to a more distant school must transport their students to and from the halfway point between schools.
  3. The Group will allow students to board a bus beyond the halfway point between schools only in situations where a Memorandum of Understanding has been agreed between the SONG school that the student attends and the nearest school that the student can enrol at.
  4. The Group will not cover the cost of a larger bus to accommodate students not attending their nearest school.
  5. The Group will not extend bus routes to accommodate students not attending their nearest school.

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