“School bus drivers are the people who transport children to their future“ Friday, June 11, 2021, has been designated OSTA’s Driver Appreciation Day, a day in which we recognize and thank our many dedicated yellow bus, wheelchair bus, van drivers, and Walking School Bus (WSB) leaders. For the past 6
June 11, 2021 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 every day. This year has been an especially challenging year and we commend all yellow bus,
Show us how YOU stay safe when taking the bus or walking/rolling to school! Share your story, poem or artwork on OSTA's Facebook page or send it to OSTA via email. There are many prizes available for all grade and theme categories!
Please help us improve OSTA’s website! We are currently conducting a website improvement survey, and we would like your feedback regarding your experience with our site. The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and will help us improve your experience. The survey can be completed below or through
This past fall, OSTA conducted an online survey to better understand how Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) and the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) students were getting to school and if families were observing any traffic impacts around school sites. We are happy to report that we received over
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 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!