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 offered at 8 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.
|School||Walking School Bus Schedule|
|Connaught PES||View route and stops|
|Convent Glen CES||View route and stops|
|Devonshire Community PES||View route and stops|
|Elmdale PES||Suspended for 2019-2020|
|Half Moon Bay PES||View route and stops|
|Robert Bateman PES
||View route and stops|
|Roch Carrier||View route and stops|
|St Benedict CES||View route and stops|
|Woodroffe Avenue 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 WSB list.
More information about the WSB
New School Active Transportation Network and Charter The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) joined with its member school Boards (OCSB and OCDSB) to sign a School Active Transportation Charter in October 2013. This represents the first step towards the creation of a new School Active Transportation Support Network that will strengthen collaboration with the City of Ottawa and Green Communities Canada to support active travel initiatives (walking, cycling, skateboarding etc.) while making the journey to and from school safer and more convenient for more families. This is part of a cross-Canada movement dedicated to children’s mobility, health, and happiness.