OSTA Updates: Student Transportation Information

posted Jun 15, 2015, 5:34 PM by steve.mcgarrity@ocsb.ca

A Message from OSTA: 2015-16 Student Transportation Information

Route information will be available to parents as of August 24, 2015.  Schools may have access to some routes prior to this date. Student Transportation Information can be found using the “Stop Finder” located on the main page of our website, which will link to the “BusPlanner - Parent Portal”. The parent must enter the student’s last name, birthdate, school and grade in order to access route and stop information.  We will be implementing the student ID number as a mandatory field item in January 2016.

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.

Kindergarten News:

Please remind parents of new and returning Kindergarten students that they must meet the students at their stop in the afternoon.

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.

School Bus Safety Awareness Day (First Time Rider Program):

This year’s School Bus Safety Awareness Day is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, 2015 and will run at six sites across the city in 45 minute sessions from 09:00am to 1:00pm. This important safety program is geared primarily for parents and children new to school bus transportation and for all elementary school- aged children who ride a school bus. Families and students can register to attend at one of the following sites:



Contact for Registration

Holy Trinity H.S.

180 Katimavik Rd., Kanata


**École élémentaire catholique Saint-Joseph d’Orléans

6664 rue Carriere, Orléans


Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S.

1515 Tenth Line, Orléans


St. Mark H.S.

1040 Dozois Rd., Ottawa


** École élémentaire publique Charlotte Lemieux

2093 prom. Belair, Ottawa


Woodroffe H.S.

2410 Georgina Dr., Ottawa


** French presentation sites

Parents/Guardians can find more information on School Bus Safety Awareness Day on our website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca/resources/sad.  A flyer is attached for your convenience.

Applications for Seat Availability:

Students who had been approved to access service under the Seat Availability provision for 2014/15 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 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.  OCSB parents should call the school board’s Summer Registration Centre at 613-224-3171 if  you wish to provide information updates (address, phone number etc).