After conducting the Public Consultation this past spring, OSTA has reviewed all the feedback regarding the Proposed Bell Time Changes (School Hours) and has made recommendations for approval of bell time changes of 10 minutes or less to the OSTA Board of Directors’ on November 10, 2014. These bell times have been approved. Recommedations for bell time changes greater than 10 minutes will be presented to the Member Boards in January 2015 for approval.
The eligibility requirements for students in grades 9-12 have changed for September 2014. All students meeting the 3.2km distance criteria from their designated school, regardless of the Urban Transit Area or financial need are eligible to receive transportation services. Congregated stops will continue for rural students to special program schools. Please refer to the T18 – Transportation Eligibility Policy and T7 – Public Transit Service Policy.
OSTA will select the most appropriate mode of transportation which may include yellow bus, public transit or small school purpose vehicle. Parents and students may access information about how grade 9-12 students will be getting to school in August using the online “Stop Finder” or by calling OSTA. OCDSB Secondary School Walk Zone Maps are available for viewing.
OSTA, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Safety Council and Green Communities Canada has launched the Ottawa Walking School Bus Pilot Project at 6 schools in Ottawa.
To find out if your school is taking part and to register your child, view the Walking School Bus Pilot Project Info +
OSTA has secured yellow bus transportation services for the 2014-15 school year. All routes will remain consistent from this year to September 2014, barring any minor adjustments due to load factors and distribution of students. This occurs every year. We anticipate that many drivers will continue to operate the same routes in the new year, albeit for a different operator.
OSTA is pleased to welcome three new operators who will be taking over Stock Transportation routes:
1) Direct Transportation Logistics will be taking over wheelchair bus routes at numerous schools. DTL has been providing transportation services to OSTA for students with special needs for several years. Any drivers interested in becoming part of DTL’s team should send a message to: [email protected] or call 613-749-0660. Dan also invites you to drop by his office at 2161 Bantree in Ottawa.
* Note: OSTA’s new operators will not be hiring drivers for an employment start date prior to June 30 2014, so as not to negatively impact our current operations. We strongly encourage all drivers to complete the school year with their current operator.
It is unfortunate that OSTA was not able to come to an agreement with Stock regarding next year’s routes. We appreciate their long-standing service and we are grateful for their assistance in transitioning their drivers and routes to the new operators. All other routes will continue to be serviced by our other current operators.
OSTA will continue to faciliate communication between schools, parents, and the new operators during this transition.
Stay tuned to this newsletter for information about changes to transportation services, opportunities to become involved in consultative processes, and ways in which you can improve the health of your child(ren) through active transportation initiatives.
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