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Bell Time Review

Last Updated on: 22nd June 2016, 01:17 pm

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is undergoing a transformation in order to meet the Ministry’s Efficiency and Effectiveness goals (see E&E Leading Practices Guideline). The key elements that lead to routing efficiency are as follows:

1. One set of walk zone maps using the same distance measurement for both school boards, and which include standardized walking hazards (see Transportation Eligibility Policy and Procedure).
2. Establishing school bell times that allow each bus to service up to 3 schools or 3 runs within geographical areas, whenever possible and regardless of school board.
3. Reducing the number of kilometers run by and paid to Operators.

OSTA recently presented a report to the OCDSB and OCSB Boards of Trustees outlining proposed bell time changes for schools across the system.

Public consultation will occur this winter and spring, and parents will have a number of opportunities to send along feedback before the final decision on bell times is made in December 2014. Implementation of new bell times would occur in the 2015-16 school year. Open houses and presentations will be held in April and May 2014. We encourage parents and staff to send their feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”>feedback@ottawaschoolbus.ca. OSTA is prepared to look for alternate solutions and your detailed feedback can help us do that.

1. Please put the school name in the subject line
2. Include your name, and any other contact information
3. Include as many details as possible as to why OSTA cannot/should not change the bell time. For example, rather than saying ” I can’t make my bus”, include information like your bus number, the time it departs and how this impacts your ability to get to work.

Thank you in advance for your feedback. It is essential in balancing the need for efficient and effective transportation, with the other needs of each school community.