If your child walks to school, they can now join up with some friends and a trained leader to accompany them to school. The Walking School Bus (WSB) is designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Students walk to school with a group of up to 10 peers and a professional leader, following a specific route and schedule.
Similar to an adult crossing guard, each WSB has a paid leader who has been trained by the Ottawa Safety Council, screened and first-aid certified to walk with your child to school.
They follow a specific route and schedule which has been approved by OSTA and its partners. Walking to school is a safe, convenient, healthy and fun way for your child to travel to school with their friends. It helps them get the daily physical activity they need to be healthy and concentrate better at school.
OSTA’s Walking School Bus (WSB) program is will be offered in 13 Ottawa schools. These schools have been selected for their demonstrated commitment to promoting walking to school. The WSB operates every school day in the morning at the schools listed below.
New Registrations for the WSB 2017-2018 school year will be availabe June 1st till August 15th.
Before registering for the WSB, please review the following documents:
Click on the image to register:
Please contact OSTA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require a paper copy of the form.
Completing the application online does not guarantee a space for your child. Space is limited and assigned on a first come, first served basis. When the first 10 spaces on your route have been filled, a waiting list will be created. Please notify OSTA by email at email@example.com in order to withdraw your child from the WSB list.
More information about the WSB
To help with the changes from our public consultation results, OSTA has put together walking route maps to help your child walk to school safely. Maps will constantly be updated throughout the summer in preparation for the beginning of school in September.
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority’s Walk Zone Maps provide information to the community by using symbols. Symbols can be figures, shapes, lines, and colors that show where places and things are on a map. We have provided an example to help users better understand our Walk Zone Maps. View example +
Schools below are listed alphabetically. Press Ctrl+F on your keyboard to bring up a search box to help you find your school.
PES = OCDSB (Public) elementary | PSS = OCDSB (Public) secondary | CES = OCSB (Catholic) elementary | CHS = OCSB (Catholic) high