Parent Info from OSTA- End of Year

Parent Info from OSTA- End of Year
Posted on 06/01/2021

Elementary Parent Information for End of Year (2).pdf

Transportation Communication OSTA continues to work with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to deliver safe transportation for bused students during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank you for your ongoing patience as we navigate these uncertain times and will continue to update parents throughout the summer and the beginning of the school year.

Information Accuracy Affects OSTA's Planning
Are you moving or changing daycare providers? Considering Extended Day Program parttime or 5 days a week? Your decisions, and school data, affect OSTA's accuracy when we plan routes. During these complex times, it is critical that parents give their school the most accurate information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to avoid extended waiting for a transportation change in the fall. OSTA is anticipating increased operational pressures which will delay changes. Get your information in soon to be sure your eligible child has a spot reserved on a bus. 

Joint Custody and Transportation to Two Homes
RENEWAL Joint Custody Transportation Forms need to be submitted every year. Only one parent needs to complete the renewal form, providing there are no changes to the existing schedule, including access days and stop locations. Renewal Joint Custody Forms must be submitted NO LATER THAN June 30th NEW Joint Custody Transportation Forms, and any joint custody transportation changes, must be submitted by June 1st, and then, only if the request can be safely accommodated and there is room on the required vehicle.

Empty Seats/Courtesy Seating – Possible Suspension Physical distancing on yellow buses may continue to be enforced for the 2021/2022 school year. This impact would continue to significantly reduce available seating capacity and would mean a continued suspension of the Empty Seat program until such time as physical distancing on school buses is no longer required. We encourage parents to plan ahead and practice walking their children to school over the summer

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