Important note: OSTA is no longer asking all parents/guardians to confirm their intentions for transportation services. Instead, we ask that you notify us if you wish to decline transportation services.
Are you eligible for transportation but not planning to use it? Complete OSTA’s Transportation Issues Form to notify us of your decision to decline transportation. Whether you decline transportation for the current school year and/or the next, keeping OSTA informed is important. This allows us to ensure better use of available transportation services.
It is important to contact the school with any address changes (home/daycare) to keep OSTA’s records up to date.
• If you decline transportation, it is for the full day (morning and afternoon).
• If you decline transportation, OSTA will re-assess the student’s eligibility for transportation before the next undeclined school year, and as long as all terms and conditions are met, the student will be re-assigned to transportation.
• We know that family circumstances can change. If you decline transportation but your circumstances change at a later date, leaving you needing transportation again, let us know by completing the Transportation Issues Form.
Ready to decline transportation?
Find out more about Declining Transportation:
A: Please complete a Transportation Issues Form immediately to notify us of your decision to decline transportation. If you have information that is important for us to know (e.g., effective date), please include those details in the comments box.
A: By selecting either of the two options, you are declining transportation for the full day (morning and afternoon). You cannot decline transportation in the morning or afternoon only.
1) Decline transportation for the current school year (2023-2024)
2) Decline transportation for the next school year (2024-2025)
A: OSTA will re-assess your child(ren)’s eligibility for transportation before the undeclined next school year, and as long as all terms and conditions are met, they will be re-assigned to transportation. If your child(ren) is not eligible at that time, they will not receive transportation.
Parents/guardians will be able to find information about their child(ren)’s transportation on OSTA’s Parent Portal in mid-August for the upcoming school year.
A: Yes! Simply choose the appropriate school year when completing the Transportation Issues Form.
A: If you have declined transportation and your circumstances change, leaving you needing transportation again, let OSTA know by completing the Transportation Issues Form. Simply leave a note in the comments box.
OSTA will ensure the student is eligible for transportation and that all terms and conditions are met before assigning transportation.
A: Yes! You can decline transportation, whether the child is transported to/from home or to a caregiver’s address. OSTA does transport students to caregivers whose address is within the designated attendance boundary of the school that meets the distance eligibility requirements.
A: OSTA does provide variable transportation services to eligible students who have a joint custody arrangement and whose two homes meet all eligibility requirements. Separate forms are required and must be completed for Joint Custody (variable) Transportation.
If your circumstances change after approval of the joint custody forms, leaving you not needing transportation, simply decline by completing the Transportation Issues Form for your access/custody days.
Refer to OSTA's Variable Transportation for Students in a Joint Custody Arrangement and Having Two Homes for more information, including important application deadline dates.
A: Parents/guardians can find information about their child(ren)'s transportation on OSTA’s Parent Portal.
Transportation information for the next school year, 2023-2024, will be available in the Parent Portal in mid-August 2023.
A: Please contact your child's school as they can submit a form on your behalf.
A: We encourage families to use Active Transportation to get to and from school.
OSTA and its partners have many great resources on School Active Transportation to ensure every student's walk to school is a success. We recommend visiting OSTA's website to get started. We offer pedestrian safety tips, walking route maps and walking school buses for select schools. The benefits of walking to school are endless, from increased health and academic improvements to reducing car emissions and congestion in school zones.
If families plan on driving their children to school, we encourage you to park 5 to 10 mins away and Walk-a-Block instead.
All student transportation information for 2023-2024 will be made available online, through the OSTA Parent Portal, in mid-August 2023.