Ottawa School Transportation Authority: important for Sept. 2016

posted Jun 6, 2016, 6:44 AM by Luce Paradis
2016-17 Student Transportation Information:

Route information will be available to parents as of August 19, 2016 via the online Parent

Portal. Schools may have access to some routes prior to this date, through the school web

portal or via OSTA’s website link to the Parent

Portal Log In.

Student Transportation Information can also 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 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


Students with Special Needs – Requests for Accessible Transportation

Each student requiring special accommodation for transportation, based on a physical,

cognitive or emotional disability, should have a “Request for Accessible Transportation” form

Confederation Education Centre

1645 Woodroffe Avenue, Nepean, Ontario K2G 1W2

Tel: 613.224.8800 / Fax: 613.224.8840


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completed by their parents, signed by the Principal and forwarded to the Spec Ed

department. The Spec Ed department will then send the form to OSTA with any appropriate

comments that would help us meet the student’s individual needs.

Any requests for short- or long-term accommodation for medical conditions also require the

Request for Accessible Transportation Form” signed by the parents and the principal, and

then forwarded to the Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services for

approval. A medical note or certificate indicating what needs are being accommodated is

required. Please note that accommodation of needs for transportation should also be

reflected at the school.

For example, if a student cannot walk x number of meters to school, then should the

student be running around in gym, at recess, or during extra-curricular activities? Principals

are encouraged to work with the Superintendent to determine how the student’s needs

should be accommodated in these cases.

Transportation for students in a joint custody arrangement and having

two homes

OSTA has developed a new policy & 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: 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.

Please remind parents of new and returning KG students that they MUST meet the students

at their stop in the afternoon. Failure to do so could result in termination of transportation

services and/or their child being dropped off at the nearest police station.

OSTA will be providing 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.

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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:

School Address Contact for Registration

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 A flyer is attached for your


Applications for Seat Availability – NEW for OCSB

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 provision.

OSTA is centralizing the application, approval and assignment process to our head office.

OCSB school staff and Principals will no longer be responsible for managing empty seats.

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. Parents should be advised to

call the school board’s Summer Registration Centre 613-224- 3171 for changes to home

and/or caregiver address.

Transportation Information During the Fall

Parents should be advising schools directly of any changes to student home or caregiver

address. Please remind parents 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. During the month of September, we ask for your assistance in

advising parents of new transportation information, due to the volume of changes processed

through OSTA at the busy start-up period. You may also direct them to the online Parent


6664 rue Carriere, Orléans 613-488-2237


2093 prom. Belair, Ottawa 613-721-5500