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Transportation News for 2021-2022
Posted on 06/23/2021

Transportation Communication

OSTA’s priority is creating a transportation environment where students can feel safe and limit the transmission of the virus to the extent possible. OSTA, in consultation with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH), is reviewing the safe plan for bused students for the 2021/22 school year. We will continue to update parents and guardians 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.

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes – Renewals

Don’t forget that the renewal process must be done every year! The renewal form for existing variable transportation arrangements (Joint Custody) is available online. Only one parent needs to complete the renewal form, providing no changes to the existing schedule are required, including access days and stop locations. If there are any changes to your child(ren)’s information, then both TRA-T22A and TRA-T22B forms will have to be submitted with the new changes and signed by both parents.

Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30th

 

Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating – Possible Suspension

If physical distancing continues to be a requirement on yellow buses, the impact would significantly reduce the available seating capacity. If this is the case, OSTA will likely suspend the Empty Seat program until physical distancing on school buses is no longer required. OSTA would then resume the empty seat program as soon as it is feasible to do so. This decision will be made at the end of August. 

 

We encourage parents to plan ahead and practice walking their children to school over the summer. Please check our active transportation section for information on Pedestrian Safety, Walking Routes and Walk-A-Block.

 

OSTA Parent Web Portal Closed

OSTA’s Parent Web Portal (Bus Stop Finder) will be closed from the end of June until mid-August. Please check our website and social media pages regularly for important transportation announcements, deadlines and other vital information. The portal will reopen mid-August with next year’s transportation information.

 

Choosing to Drive? Let OSTA Know

Some parents may choose to drive their children to school in the fall, rather than letting them take the bus, or may not be sending their children to school at all. Please opt out of student transportation by completing the online form. You will be helping give those who really need transportation space on the bus. All services are expected to resume to normal standards once the COVID emergency protocols have been removed.

 

School Zone Safety and Walk-A-Block

As parents decide how to get their children to school, we anticipate 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 and add Walk-A-Block to their routine. Try parking away from the school and walking 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 download your school’s Walk-A-Block Map. By planning ahead, you’ll get a jump start on your back-to-school planning!

 

School Bus and Van Driver Recruitment

Local Operators are in need of School Bus and Van drivers who want to make a meaningful impact on the children in our community.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) contracts service with several bus companies and transportation providers in the Ottawa area. Many of these Operators are currently searching for new drivers to join their team. All Operators are equal opportunity employers that welcome a diverse workforce.

Free training is provided to all recruits, and no previous experience is required, although it is beneficial. PPE is provided to all drivers to ensure proper respiratory and hygiene safety.

Anyone interested in applying is asked to contact one of the Operators on the flyer or on OSTA’s website.

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