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School Bus Information

School Bus Information
Posted on 08/16/2017
Parent Portal
Route information will be available to parents as of August 19, 2016 via the online Parent Portal.
 
Student Transportation Information can be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of our website, which will link to the “BusPlanner - Parent Portal”. The parent must enter the student’s last name, birthdate, school and grade in order to access route and stop information. The “Stop Finder” feature returns bus stop and route information for eligible students who are assigned to regular yellow school bus or small school purpose vehicle service, or for eligible grade 7 and 8 students who are assigned to OC Transpo Service. OC Transpo route schedules will also be made available through the OSTA website or can be found directly through the OC Transpo website at www.octranspo.com. More information on routes to specific schools can be obtained on OC Transpo’s Quick Planner under High Schools and Middle Schools.
 
Small School Purpose Vehicles
The driver responsible for the route will contact each family directly prior to the first day of school.
 
Students with Special Needs – Requests for Accessible Transportation
Each student requiring special accommodation for transportation should have a “Request for Accessible Transportation” form completed by their parents. Those with short- or long-term accommodation for medical conditions also require the Request for Accessible Transportation Form” signed by the parents. A medical note or certificate indicating what needs are being accommodated is required.
 
Transportation for students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes
OSTA has developed a new policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. An application process and other requirements need to be met for parents to receive this service, and the homes or daycares in question must meet all other eligibility requirements. The deadline for September start up transportation was June 1. Renewals of current schedule calendars are due June 30. All other applications will be reviewed after September 15, and prior to October 1.
 
More information can be found on our website:
http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/transportation-for- students-in- a-joint- custody-arrangement-and- having-two- homes
 
Kindergarten Staggered Entry and ID
School bus routes are planned according to the number of registered students in the data system from May to July 2016. We continue to make changes in transportation throughout school start up. Routes are driven as planned as of the first day of school September 2016 and drivers will stop at each stop, regardless of whether KG students are beginning that day or whether they are beginning later on in the week.
 
Reminder to parents of new and returning KG students, you MUST meet the students at their stop in the afternoon. Failure to do so could result in termination of transportation services and/or your child being dropped off at the nearest police station.
 
OSTA will provide bright yellow plastic tags that should be attached to any KG student’s back pack (preferably on the lower left side). These will assist the drivers in making sure a responsible person designated by the parent, or the parent, is at the stop to collect the student at their drop off point, per policy. We kindly request that teachers remove the plastic tags from any students NOT in kindergarten.
 
School Bus Safety Awareness Day (First Time Rider Program)
This year’s School Bus Safety Awareness Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 28, 2016 and will run at six sites across the city in 45 minute sessions from 09:00am to 1:00pm. This important safety program is geared primarily for parents and children new to school bus transportation and for all elementary school- aged children who ride a school bus.
 
Families and students can register to attend at one of the following sites:
  • Holy Trinity H.S. 180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata 613-836-0502
  • **École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. 1515 Tenth Line, Orléans 613-835- 2488
  • St. Mark H.S. 1040 Dozois Rd., Ottawa 613-721-5500
  • ** École élémentaire publique Charlotte Lemieux
  • Woodroffe H.S. 2410 Georgina Dr., Ottawa 613-821- 1414

** French presentation sites

Parents/Guardians can find more information on School Bus Safety Awareness Day on our website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/resources/sad.
 
Applications for Seat Availability
Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2015/16 will need to re-apply for service for the next school year. The NEW “Application for Access to Empty Seats on School Bus Vehicles” form is available on the OSTA website at http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/empty-seat- provision.
 
Transportation Information During the Summer Months
Please note that the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will be open during the summer months from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. OCDSB parents should contact OSTA directly during the summer months if they have questions about transportation or changes to their children’s address or caregiver information.
 
Transportation Information During the Fall
Parents should be advising schools directly of any changes to student home or caregiver address. Please remember that OSTA will require a minimum of three business days to implement a change to transportation services, longer for transportation to two homes in a joint custody situation. Parents may go online and view the Parent Portal at www.ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca.
 
School Active Transportation Program
OSTA offers a variety of services to schools to assist and support students who walk or wheel to school. Parents and students can check out our “Preferred Route to School” maps online to determine which route best suits their needs. If your school is interested in School Travel Planning, or you are experiencing difficulties managing vehicle and pedestrian traffic around your school site, please contact OSTA’s Safety and Accessible Transportation Coordinator, Rob Masterson, rob.masterson@ottawaschoolbus.ca.
 
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