Short-term cancellations and delays
Day to day short-term cancellations are posted to our delay and notification page and subscribers are notified via email as they happen.

Long term cancellations
Any cancellations lasting longer than a few days are posted to the long-term OCDSB and OCSB cancellation lists.

Current Bus Status
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021 at 06:44 PM

All transportation is running. There may be some delays.

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Transportation Update – School Start-Up 2021-2022

Like last year, OSTA has faced many challenges due to COVID and the ongoing driver shortage. Staff continue to work on solutions and communicate changes to affected parties promptly.  Despite the severe driver shortage, OSTA provided regular and alternate transportation services for 95% of eligible students. Parents are working together

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Changes regarding student masking to take effect Tuesday, September 7

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will be implementing the OCDSB and OCSB’s recent directive regarding student masking as of Tuesday, September 7, 2021.   All students from grades Kindergarten to 12 will be required to wear a face mask (cloth or medical), on all vehicles, including school buses, vans and wheelchair buses. Please note that

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Route Cancellations for OCDSB (Public) Schools 2021

There have been multiple changes and cancellations to transportation services for OCDSB and OCSB students due to severe driver shortages. OSTA continues to work with its operators and OC Transpo to find creative solutions to provide service to as many students as possible during these unprecedented circumstances. Read more...

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Route Cancellations for OCSB (Catholic) Schools 2021

There have been multiple changes and cancellations to transportation services for OCDSB and OCSB students due to severe driver shortages. OSTA continues to work with its operators and OC Transpo to find creative solutions to provide service to as many students as possible during these unprecedented circumstances. Read more...

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Transportation Information - Route Planning and Driver Shortage Update

OSTA has been working tirelessly to prioritize student success, health and well-being by offering safe transportation solutions Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and Ottawa Catholic School Board students. Although COVID-19 and the driver shortage have impacted some students’ service, more than 98.2% of students will be able to access transportation on the

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Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating Program Suspended

OSTA has suspended the Empty Seat/Courtesy Seating Program this year due to complex contact tracing protocols, seating plans and physical distancing requirements on buses. We will resume the program when it’s feasible to do so. If parents need to find their own means of transportation to school, it is recommended that active transportation is

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School Bus Driver Recruitment

Now hiring School Bus and Van Drivers! Are you patient, trustworthy and like children?! 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. Stay-at-home parents, bring your little ones to work

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Driver Shortage and Parent Portal Delay

OSTA’s priority is creating a transportation environment where students can feel safe and limit the transmission of the virus to the extent possible. Due to a severe driver shortage, additional planning is needed to adjust routes while ensuring all safety measures meet and/or exceed the new Ministry guidelines.  Due to changing

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Transportation During COVID-19

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.

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School Bus Safety

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

Spread Kindness, Not Germs

All the School Bus Rules

Kindergarten – School Bus Safety with Buzzy the Bee

Grade 1-3 – School Bus Safety with Buster the Bus

Grade 4-8 – School Bus Safety for Junior Students

Covid-19 Safety Video – Closed Captioning

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Walking School Bus & Hybrid Walking School Bus

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.

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NEW Walk-a-Block and Walk&Roll Meetup Maps

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!

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