Are you moving or changing daycare providers?
Information accuracy affects OSTA’s planning. Any changes to your home or alternate addresses must be provided to your school. It is critical that parents and guardians provide their school with any changes to home/alternate addresses AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall.
Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes – Renewals
Important Deadline – Joint Custody renewals must be done every year! The renewal form for existing variable transportation arrangements (Joint Custody) is available online. Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30th by at least one parent/guardian.
Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating for the 2023/24 school year
The Empty Seat Registration is now open for the 2023-2024 school year. Any students who are not in the Bus Zone may apply for an empty seat via the online form. Please submit one application per student in your household. For more details, visit OSTA’s website. Printed copies of the form may be requested at the school.
OSTA Parent Web Portal Closed
OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) will be closed from the end of June until mid-August. The portal will reopen in mid-August with next year’s transportation information. Please regularly check OSTA’s website and social media pages for important transportation announcements, deadlines, and other vital information.
Not using the bus next year? Let OSTA know by declining transportation
Are you eligible for transportation but not using it next year? Decline today!
Keeping OSTA informed is important as it allows us to make better use of available transportation services for those that need it! For more information, visit OSTA’s website.
School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block
Help make your school zone safer. Reduce congestion around your school site and park away from your school and #Walk-a-Block instead! Find your school map here!
School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day
Learn all about school bus and pedestrian safety at OSTA’s safety day event on Sunday, August 27th, from 9 am to 1 pm. Children can take a ride on a real bus and participate in Pedestrian Safety training with the Ottawa Safety Council. For more information and to register, visit OSTA’s website.
Walking School Bus Registration
If your child walks to school, they can now join up with some friends and a trained leader to accompany them to school! Students walk to school with a group of 10 peers and a professional leader, following a specific route and schedule. To see which schools are participating and to register, visit OSTA’s website!
Take the wheel and Drive Yellow today!
Looking for a satisfying part-time job that fits your work-life balance? Take the wheel and drive yellow! Yellow school bus drivers are impactful workers who are highly valued by our communities for getting kids safely to school. Visit driveyellow.ca for more information on becoming a school bus driver!