OSTA and its Operators are working together to address service impacts due to an exacerbated driver shortage and COVID isolations. Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Ottawa due to Omicron, there will be an increase in service disruptions affecting multiple routes. Over the past weekend, OSTA has learned
Yellow school bus and van service for grades Kindergarten to 12 will be reinstated on Monday, January 17, 2022. OC Transpo will resume service to all secondary schools on this day as well. Students with special needs will continue to receive transportation via van and wheelchair bus. Short- and Long-Term Cancellations
General – Yellow Bus (OCDSB and OCSB) All OCDSB and OCSB elementary and secondary schools will move to remote learning effective Wednesday, January 5, 2022, with a tentative return date of in-person learning on Monday, January 17, 2022. Due to the students moving to remote learning, there will be NO yellow school
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OSTA is pleased to provide another transportation update on its system: To read the full report, please download it here.
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Local Operators are currently searching for new drivers who are looking for part-time work that includes morning and afternoon routes, as well as charter and field trip opportunities.
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During these unprecedented times, Consortia across the province are working with their Member School Boards, their local Public Health Unit, their Operators and the Ministry of Education to mitigate health risks associated with COVID-19 on transportation vehicles. OSTA’s priority is creating an environment where students can feel safe and limit the transmission of the virus to the extent possible.
School Bus Safety Tips – Check out our brochures and videos for Kindergarten students all the way up to Junior elementary students. We encourage parents to review these rules with their children before school starts!
Bus Safety Videos
The Walking School Bus and Hybrid Walking School Bus are designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Led by a paid leader or a combination of a paid leader and volunteers from the school community, students walk with a group of their peers along a specific route and schedule. All leaders are trained and vetted by the Ottawa Safety Council to make sure your child has a safe and educational walk to school.
Did you know that walking all or part way to school helps create safer school zones by reducing vehicle congestion?
To help support safer school zones and make everyone’s trip to and from school a success, OSTA has created multiple resources and tools, like walking route maps, for parents and children to download and use. Three different types of walking route maps have been created to help you plot your trip to school; whether you plan to walk all or part way to school, each map was designed with safety in mind!