Student Transportation Information can be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of the OSTA website which will link to the “Bus Planner - Parent Portal.” Parents 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 a regular yellow school bus or small school purpose vehicle service.
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 OSTA's website: http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies/transportation-for-students-in-a-joint-custody-arrangement-and-having-two-homes
Parents of new and returning KG students: You MUST meet the students at their stop in the afternoon. Failure to do so could result in termination of transportation services and/or your child being dropped off at the nearest police station.
Applications for Seat Availability
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 http://www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/policies-procedures/empty-seat-seat-availability-provision/.
It remains the responsibility of the school principal to administer the empty seat provision at her/his school. School principals are authorized to assign empty seats to students not eligible for busing on school bus vehicles serving their schools after October 1. Please note that the number of available seats will be decreasing year over year as OSTA continues to optimize routes for more efficient and effective transportation service.