Empty Seat (Seat Availability) Provision

Child getting on a school bus.

The Empty Seat Registration is now open for the

2023-2024 school year.

Now Available: Online application for access to an Empty Seat

Please submit one application per student in your household.

For a paper form, please contact your school.

For more info, refer to the FAQ below.

While empty seat applications are accepted all year-long, parents/guardians applying for transportation during the annual October review must submit their applications no later than
Friday, September 22, 2023.

Important Notes:

• OSTA’s Operators are still dealing with driver shortages causing short-term and long-term cancellations. Until transportation services stabilise across the system, OSTA may limit the number of empty seats available on buses.

• If a bus route is cancelled long-term or a redesign of the route is required, empty seat privileges will be revoked for ineligible students (those riding due to an empty seat application). Priority will be given to students eligible for transportation.

• By mid-October of each school year, OSTA will be reviewing the empty seat applications submitted by the September deadline. A list of completed school swill be posted on our website. Parents/guardians are encouraged to check the website regularly, for the student’s school name. Once posted, parents/guardians must check the Parent Portal to confirm the decision. For the October review, OSTA does not contact individual families.

• To learn more about our waiting list and communication after the October review, please refer to the FAQ below.

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Frequently Asked Questions