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Short-term cancellations and delays
Day to day short-term cancellations (including storm-related 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.

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Last Updated: Jun 30, 2022 at 06:45 PM

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New Amber Warning Lights on School Buses

Effective July 1, 2022, school buses will be equipped with updated overhead amber signal lights on the back and front. Flashing overhead amber lights means that the bus is slowing down and is coming to a stop to pick up or drop off students. When you see a school bus

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OCDSB Summer School Transportation

For information about OCDSB Summer School Transportation, please find your school below and click the link to access the schedule.

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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 in mid-August with next year’s transportation information.

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School Bus Task Force Launches Drive Yellow Campaign to Recruit Drivers

Ottawa – OSTA and a core group of operators have joined forces to work on solutions to address the school bus driver shortage and prepare for the upcoming school year. This spring, OSTA and operators Roxborough, Voyago, M.L. Bradley, First Student and Premier formed a Driver Recruitment Task Force to

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Driver Appreciation Day 2022

“The greatest joy of being a bus driver is watching the children on your bus grow to become the future leaders of tomorrow.“ – Local Bus Driver Join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022, to celebrate OSTA’s Annual Driver Appreciation Day. This special day of recognition provides students, parents, guardians,

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Calling all OCDSB and OCSB Students Grade K-12!

Students, show your driver you care – Create a thank you card! Saturday, June 18, 2022, is OSTA’s Virtual Driver Appreciation Day, a day in which we recognize and thank our many dedicated drivers and walking school bus (WSB) leaders for getting students to and from school safely every day.

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OSTA's 2021-2023 Strategic Plan

The OSTA 2021-2023 Strategic Plan has recently been approved by our Board of Directors. Find out how we’re moving forward as an Organization by delivering safe, efficient, effective and equitable multi-modal transportation solutions for students with superior customer service for OCDSB and OCSB. About OSTA The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

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Park the Car and Pitter Patter!

With warmer weather on the horizon and gas prices skyrocketing, it’s a great time to start leaving your car behind and lacing up your sneakers instead. We’re not suggesting that you park your car forever, but to consider some occasions when you could use active transportation instead of driving. Every

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NEW: Transportation Confirmation for 2022-2023

Are you planning on using student transportation in 2022-2023? To make better use of transportation services, OSTA is asking all parents and guardians of OCDSB and OCSB eligible students to confirm their intentions for transportation services for 2022-2023.

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Answer the call. Be a Driver.

When you drive a bus, you make a positive impact on the minds of tomorrow.

As a school bus or van driver, you’ll enjoy a job that fits your lifestyle:

  • Positive impact on your community!
  • Part-time work!
  • Weekends and summers off!

If you love being around children and want a fulfilling career, then answer the call – take the first step to becoming a school bus or van driver!

Man and Woman Bus Driver standing in front of buses along with happy children

 

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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

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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.

More about the Hybrid Walking School Bus

More about Walking School Bus