OSTA - Information Regarding 2016-2017

posted Jun 7, 2016, 10:17 AM by Kathleen Power

Please note the following information regarding transportation services for the 2016-2017 school year.

OC Transpo route schedules will be made available through the OSTA website at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca or can be found directly through the OC Transpo website atwww.octranspo.com.  More information on routes to specific schools can be obtained on OC Transpo's Quick Planner under High Schools and Middle Schools.

Small School Purpose Vehicles

The driver responsible for the route will contact each family directly prior to the first day of school.

Students with Special Needs - Requests for Accessible Transportation

Each student requiring special accommodation for transportation, based on a physical cognitive or emotional disability, should have a "Request for Accessible Transportation" form completed by their parents and principal, and then forwarded to the Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services for approval.  A medical note or certificate indicating what needs are being accommodated is required.  Please note that accommodation of needs for transportation should also be reflected at the school.

For example, if a student cannot walk x number of meters to school, then should the student be running around in gym, at recess, or during extra-curricular activities?  Principals are encouraged to work with the Superintendent to determine how the student's needs should be accommodated in these cases.

Transportation Information During the Summer Months

Please note that the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority will be open during the summer months from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  Parents should be advised to call the school board's summer registration centre at 613-224-3171 for changes to home addresses.

OC Transpo Presto SmartCard System

Many students in grades 9-12 will be assigned an annual Presto pass and must register and replace their own cards (if necessary).  A user guide and online information will be made available to students and staff upon distribution of the passes.

Presto School Board Passes will be delivered to schools the second week of August.  Schools may begin distribution at their earliest convenience and we encourage them to provide computer access so the students may register their cards immediately upon receipt.

Please encourage students to TAP their cards on the bus, whether they board at the front or via the rear doors on any bus, every time.  This helps OC Transpo and OSTA assess the number of riders and the number of buses we need to manage loads on particular routes.  More buses means fewer overloads and less waiting for another bus for our students.

Transportation Information During the Fall

Parents should be advising schools directly of any changes to student home address.  Please remind parents that OSTA will require a minimum of three business days to implement a change to transportation services, longer for transportation to two homes in a joint custody situation.  During the month of September, we ask for your assistance in advising parents of new transportation information, due to the volume of changes processed through OSTA at the busy start-up period.  You may also direct them to the online Parent Portal www.ostabusplanner.ottawaschoolbus.ca.

Students with Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

Please be reminded that three  copies of the "Life-Threatening Medical Condition Emergency Transportation" forms must be submitted to OSTA bySeptember 30 of each year for all students who may require the emergency administration of epinephrine auto-injectors or other emergency medical attention during transportation to or from school.  These forms will be processed and sent to the school bus operators.  Forms are not to be given directly to the driver or transportation provider by parents and/or guardians or school staff.  It is crucial these forms are sent in at a timely manner so that drivers can respond to emergencies effectively.