The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority was proud to be a part of International Walk to School Day (iWalk) on October 7, 2015. Part of a worldwide walk week, iWalk Day promotes active school travel and physical activity for children. Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Board of Health member Councillor Michael Qaqish joined OSTA and other special guests at St. Jerome Catholic School to celebrate the initiative. (video courtesy of OCSB)
The day was also celebrated by neighbouring Steve MacLean Public School and l’École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître to proclaim International Walk (iWALK) to School Week in Ottawa. Parents and staff at the three Riverside South schools worked together with the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health and Green Communities Canada to have a new 40 km/h school speed zone implemented on Spratt Road this past summer.
St. Jerome and Steve MacLean are also recent graduates of Green Communities Canada’s Ottawa School Travel Planning Program, funded by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority. The program brings schools, school boards and City departments together to help keep students who already walk or bike to school safe, and to encourage more families to choose active transportation.
What a great event. Stay active and stay safe.
The week of October 19-23, 2015 is School Bus Safety Awareness Week! The school bus is the second most common place for bullying occurrences. To raise awareness, M.L. Bradley invites students from grades 1-6 to participate in this year’s poster contest. The theme is BULLY FREE ZONE! Create a poster that showcases this theme! M.L. Bradley will collect all submissions on Monday, October 26, 2015.
For contest rules & guidelines
OSTA staff process close to 12,000 route changes within the first month of school. We receive thousands of phone calls and emails from parents who have moved over the summer, changed their caregiver or daycare provider, or have an alternate arrangement that affects their child’s transportation. We used to post PDF versions of the bus route schedules in late August, which would become outdated and inaccurate within days of posting!
We want to provide you with the most accurate information in the most timely way possible. Our new Stop Finder tool is continually updated to reflect the most accurate bus stop locations possible. This is your new source for bus stop and route information. Enter your last name, date of birth, school and grade, then login!
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority reviewed the walk zones in all of our elementrary schools. The assessment was done to make sure that the same policies are applied to both Catholic and Public Board schools.
Please take time to review the new walk zone map for your school. The maps use symbols to show where there are walking aids such as traffic lights, stop signs, and crossing guards. The maps also show you the walk paths in your area. Use our resources to plan your child’s walk to school
In February 2015, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) put forth a proposed variable transportation policy. Based on what other consortia`s are using and results from internal Operations and external parent surveys, OSTA has developed a NEW policy and procedure to deliver transportation services to students in a joint custody arrangement and having two homes. An application process and other requirements need to be met for students to receive this service.