Six special schools have been selected to participate in OSTA’s new Hybrid Walking School Bus (HWSB).
If your child walks to school, they can now join up with some friends and a trained leader and trained volunteers to accompany them to school. The Hybrid Walking School Bus (HWSB) is designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Students walk to school with a group of 10 to 30 peers and a professional leader and trained volunteers, following a specific route and schedule.
Similar to an adult crossing guard, each HWSB has one paid leader who has been trained by the Ottawa Safety Council, screened and first-aid certified.
HWSB’s will have at least one additional volunteer leader who will also be screened and trained by Ottawa Safety Council 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 Hybrid Walking School Bus (HWSB) Pilot program is offered at 6 Ottawa schools. These schools have been selected for their demonstrated commitment to promoting walking to school. The HWSB operates every school day in the morning at the schools listed below.
|School||Walking School Bus Schedule|
|Georges Vanier CES||View route and stops|
|John Young PES||View route and stops|
|St. Andrew CES||View route and stops|
|St. Rita CES||View route and stops|
|Sir Winston Churchill PES||View route and stops|
|Viscount Alexander PES||View route and stops|
Before registering for the WSB, please review the following documents:
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 HWSB list.
Are you walking your child to school every day? Are you retired and looking for an opportunity to get some exercise and help the students get to school safely?
OSTA and the Ottawa Safety Council are looking for community volunteers to walk children to school. Flexible schedules and training is provided at no cost to you!
Register here to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Hybrid WSB Leader