Important Transportation Message

Transportation Communication

OSTA continues to work with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to deliver safe transportation for bused students during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your ongoing patience as we navigate these uncertain times and will continue to update parents throughout the summer and the beginning of the school year.

Parents can register for email notifications through the OSTA Parent Web Portal or follow OSTA on Facebook and Twitter for news, updates, safety tips, bus delays and cancellations.

Information Accuracy Affects OSTA's Planning

Are you moving or changing daycare providers? Considering Extended Day Program part-time or 5 days a week? Your decisions, and school data, affect OSTA's accuracy when we plan routes. During these complex times, it is critical that parents give their school the most accurate information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall. OSTA faces increased operational pressures which will delay changes. Get your information in soon to be sure your eligible child has a spot reserved on a bus.

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes

RENEWAL Joint Custody Transportation Forms need to be submitted every year. Only one parent needs to complete the renewal form, providing there are no changes to the existing schedule, including access days and stop locations.

Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 1st in preparation for the following September.

NEW Joint Custody Transportation Forms, and any joint custody transportation changes, must be submitted by June 1st, and then, only if the request can be safely accommodated and there is room on the required vehicle. The Application form and transportation schedule calendar can be found on OSTA's website. Samples of how to fill out these documents are also included.

Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating – Suspension

Please note the Courtesy Seating/Empty Seat Program is suspended until normal operations resume due to COVID-19 safety measures in place on buses.

Decline Transportation
More information is available at the OSTA website

We understand that some families prefer to make their own transportation arrangements, rather than using OSTA’s services. At any point in the school year, if your circumstances change and you stop using student transportation, please let us know by completing our online Transportation Issues Form.

Choosing to Drive? Let OSTA Know

Some parents and guardians may choose to walk or drive their children to school in the fall, rather than letting them take the bus. OSTA has an online request form for parents to opt out of transportation during COVID-19 to give those who really need transportation space on the bus. Opting Out of Transportation is only temporary. Parents and guardians of eligible students may request transportation be re-instituted by completing a Transportation  

 School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block

As parents and guardians decide how to get their children to school, we anticipate there will be an increase in car traffic around the school. We encourage students to walk to school as much as possible, but if walking isn't an option, we urge parents who drive their children to school to add Walk-A-Block to their routine. Try parking away from the school and walk the last block or two. This summer, take some time to plan your route by finding the five-minute walk radius around your school using google maps or check OSTA's website for your school's Walk-A-Block Map. By planning ahead, you'll get a jump start on your back-to-school planning!

Pedestrian Safety – Walk to Your School Initiative

This summer, families in the walk zone are encouraged to safely spend time outside while familiarizing themselves with their route to school and learn more about the benefits of active transportation. Walking to school is an excellent way for children to get their daily quota of physical exercise. It also helps improve student behaviour, and students come to school prepared to learn. Visit OSTA's Walk and Roll Zone to find information on Walking Routes and Pedestrian Safety. Learn and practice pedestrian safety skills and discover routes to school before classes are back in session! #getyourwalkon #ottwalk2school.

Virtual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day

OSTA's Annual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day will be a virtual experience this year.  New materials are being prepared and will be shared throughout the summer to prepare new riders and remind experienced riders of how to stay safe on the bus. OSTA will also be producing materials relating to physical distancing on the bus, as well as hygiene and germ safety while travelling. Stay tuned for more information to come.

Walking School Bus Registration and Volunteers

Schools with Walking School Bus routes will be registering participants throughout June.

Teachers, parents, high school students and community members are welcome to apply to be a Volunteer Walking School Bus Leader to help kids learn pedestrian safety and engage in active transportation for the following schools: St Rita CS and Georges Vanier. Free training and flexible schedules. Volunteer WSB Leader Registration

Need to reach OSTA? 

Please call directly - 613 224 8800 x 2382 or contact via their website at

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