Our Students may be eligible for support with transport to and from school. This is at the discretion of the Ministry of Education and is through SESTA. Getting approval for the service can be a lengthy process at times and time needs to be allowed for the processing of applications especially if the student is travelling some distance.
SESTA is a Ministry of Education (the Ministry) transport service that assists children and young people with safety and/or mobility needs that prevent them from travelling independently to school. While responsibility for getting students to and from school rests with caregivers, the Ministry may provide assistance in cases where extra assistance is required to make the journey as safe as practicable for the student.
Eligibility is assessed based on the needs of the student, not the caregiver. The Ministry does not take into account the caregiver's financial position, hours of work or other unique circumstances when reviewing an application. Eligibility is determined if the student meets all three criteria set by the Ministry. These are set out below:
Students are not eligible if under ACC and parents should contact ACC for help at:
The SESTA service
The Ministry provides two types of services through SESTA.
Application for SESTA should be completed together by the parents/caregiver and the princpal.
Once completed it is sent to the local Ministry office and then to the Regional Manager. The Transport Service then complete the process. The SESTA application form can be downloaded here.
If applying for a conveyance allowance , please attach a bank slip.
Please contact the principal by email email@example.com or on 027 2333 081 for help with the application.
The Closest School
The Ministry defines the "closest school" as the closest state school, state-integrated school or other educational setting that the student can enrol at. This may be:
Most of our students access the service through item 2 or 3.
Placement in a Vehicle
When placing a student in a vehicle the Ministry will consider:
Transport for a student between school and an approved alternative home address other than the student's usual home may be arranged if:
Transport between the student's home and the alternate address is the reponibility of the caregiver.
Safe Travel Plans
Caregivers may be required to fill out a Safe Travel Plan to support their SESTA application in order to share key information that supports the safe travel of a student. A Safe Travel Plan form is to be completed by the parent/ caregiver and principal when the student's behaviour may pose a risk to themselves or other while in a vehicle or their medical, physical or other conditions mean they may require assistance during transport. The Safe Travel Plan can be downloaded here.
Changes of circumstances
At times a student's circumstances change. For the continuation of the SESTA service there are some actions required of us by the Ministry.
Parent and Caregiver Responsibilities
There are responsibilities for both the parents and caregivers using the service and those providing the service (Cross Country Rental). When accepting the service, please make sure that you are familiar with the expected responsibilities. There is a link below.
Our SESTA provider
Our SESTA provider is Cross Country Rentals regardless of which geographical area the student lives in. A link to their service is provided below.