In order to secure a seat for your child from the first day of school, it is important that you ensure an accurate home or daycare address is in the school’s information system prior to July 2015. Routes will be run with all stops as planned from the first day of school, regardless of intermittent KG start up schedule.
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) shall provide transportation for students of Member School Boards who reside, or in the case of students in elementary grades (KG to Grade 8) whose caregiver resides, within the designated attendance and/or program boundary of the school they are attending and meet the minimum transportation eligibility distances as follows:
Junior and/or Senior Kindergarten 0.8 km or more
The caregiver address shall supersede the home address within the designated attendance boundary of the school attended for distance measurement purposes. The pickup and drop off addresses must be consistent five (5) days a week.
Students who are in a joint custody arrangement and require transportation to two homes may apply for transportation to an alternate home/daycare location based on the parties’ access schedule. All eligibility rules apply to the second address. Deadline for September 2015 seating is JUNE 1, 2015. All documents are available at: www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/transportation-for-students-in-a-joint-custody-arrangement-and-having-two-homes
Walk zone maps are also available at: www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/transformation. Addresses inside the green line are designated walkers. Addresses outside the green line are eligible for transportation. If the address is in a shaded area inside the walk zone, the address is eligible for transportation based on a walking hazard.
Meeting KG at Bus Stop:
To ensure the safety of JK and SK students transported, school bus drivers shall not drop off these students unless the parent/guardian or a responsible individual identified by the parent/guardian is present at the stop location to accompany the student home.
If there is no one at stop to receive your JK/SK student, s/he will be transported back to the school to be picked up by the parent/guardian. Failure to receive your KG child at the stop may result in termination of transportation services.
OSTA will be providing bright yellow plastic tags that schools will attach to any KG student’s backpack (preferably on the lower left side) that is eligible for transportation services. These bands will assist the driver in making sure a responsible person is at the stop to collect the student at their drop off point, per policy.
Bus Stop Locations:
Responsibilities of Parents/Guardian
OSTA, in conjunction with other area school boards and school bus operators, will conduct a safety program for first-time school bus riders on Sunday August 30, 2015. If you are interested in having your child(en) attend this important program, please check our website in early July for program date and registration information at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca. All students are welcome to attend.
The OSTA website (www.ottawaschoolbus.ca) has a feature called “Stop Locator”. This feature allows parents to access bus stop information for their children starting in mid-August when it will be updated with the upcoming school year’s bus route schedules. The “Stop Locator” feature shows pick up and/or drop off time(s), bus stop and route information for eligible students who are assigned to regular “yellow school bus” service or for eligible students who are assigned to OC Transpo Service.
Courtesy Seating for Students Not Eligible for Transportation
Students who do not meet the distance eligibility requirement may apply for an empty seat on the school bus. The “Application for Access to Empty Seats on School Bus Vehicles” form is available in the OSTA website at http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/empty-seat-provision.
It is the responsibility of the school principal to administer the empty seat provision at her/his school. School principals are authorized to assign empty seats on school bus vehicles to students not eligible for busing, serving their schools after October 1.
Thanks for helping us keep all students safe!