Transportation Updates for 2014-2015 School Year

posted Jul 16, 2014, 6:16 AM by School Websites

Transportation Route Schedules - All 2014-2015 Transportation Route Schedules will be posted on the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca by mid-August.  In addition to the bus route schedules being posted, please note that there is also a “Stop Locator” feature on the website. This feature allows parents to access bus stop information for their children starting in mid-August when it will be updated with the 2014-2015 bus route schedules. The “Stop Locator” feature returns 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.  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. 

 OC Transpo Presto SmartCard System - THERE IS A CHANGE - As of September 2014, all students in grades 9-12 will be assigned their annual Presto pass and must register and replace their own cards (if necessary).  A user guide and online information will be made available for students upon distribution of the passes.  Presto passes for students in grades 7 and 8 will continue to be managed by OSTA and should NOT be registered.

Small School Purpose Vehicles  - The driver responsible for the route will contact each family directly prior to the first day of school.  

New Walk Zone Maps and Bell Time Reviews - Public consultation on new walk zone maps and proposed bell time changes is in full swing.  The public consultation schedule is available online at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca.  OSTA will be accepting feedback until July 15, 2014.  Resource information is available online as well as the survey and email box.  OSTA will present a final report to OCSB Trustees in December 2014 regarding new proposed bell time changes. Final walk zone maps will be posted online in January 2015.

Applications for Seat Availability - Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2013/14 will need to re-apply for service for the next school year. The “Application for Access to Empty Seats on School Bus Vehicles” form is available on the OSTA website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca

Transportation Information During the Summer Months - Please note that the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will be open during the summer months from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday. Parents are encouraged to 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 address. OSTA will require a minimum of three business days to implement a change to transportation services. 

 Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions - Parents are reminded that a copy of the “Life-threatening Medical Condition Emergency Transportation” forms must be submitted to OSTA by September 30th of each year for all students who may require the emergency administration of epinephrine auto-injectors or other emergency medical attention during transportation to or from school. These forms will be processed and sent to the school bus operators. Forms are not to be given directly to the driver or transportation provider by parents and/or guardians. It is crucial these forms are sent in at a timely manner.

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