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OSTA 2017-18 Student Transportation Information

posted Jun 22, 2017, 12:03 PM by deanna.pinsent@ocsb.ca

Route information will be available to parents as of August 20, 2017 via the online Parent Web Portal. 

Student Transportation Information can also be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of the OSTA website, which will link to the “BusPlanner - Parent Portal”. The parent must enter the student’s last name, birth date, 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.

Small School Purpose Vehicles

The driver responsible for the route will contact each family directly prior to the first day of school.

Transportation for students in a joint custody arrangement with 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 new applications or changes to existing applications for September start up transportation was June 1. Renewals of current schedule calendars (no other changes) are due June 30. All other applications will be reviewed after September 15, and prior to October 1.

More information can be found on the OSTA Website.

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 2017. We continue to make changes in transportation throughout school start up. Routes are driven as planned as of the first day of school September 2017 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 make arrangements to have the SAME person meet their child at their stop every afternoon. Parents may identify one alternate person only. Failure to meet their child may result in termination of transportation services and/or their child being dropped off at the nearest police station.

****We have noticed that parents are submitting long lists of “alternate responsible people” to meet their children. OSTA will only accept 2 names and the driver will only release the child to 1 of 2 people on file****

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.

Applications for Seat Availability

Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2016/17 will need to re-apply for service for the 2017-18 school year. The “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 and should be sent to OSTA directly. All applications will be reviewed and seats assigned after October 1.

We ask that parents NOT put students on the bus prior to assignment to a bus route, for the students’ own safety.

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.

OCSB parents should 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. 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.