Office open this week, school starts September 5th at 8:30

posted Aug 29, 2017, 1:30 PM by Cathi Dawson-Hills   [ updated Aug 29, 2017, 1:31 PM ]
Dear Parents,

Please contact the office this week 613-749-1642 if : 
  • you have moved over the summer or 
  • you have enrolled your child in an afterschool program or 
  • you have changed daycare providers or
  • should your child require medication during school hours, ice to get the appropriate paperwork filled out by your doctor
Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday September 5th after 8:15 before school starts at 8:30.

Please contact Ottawa Student Transportation Authority directly if you have any school bus questions at 613-224-8800

ALL empty seat applications and approvals go through OSTA 

Where school bus routes have been established and there are empty seats on a bus, students may be provided transportation even though their distance from the school is within the Walking Zone. OSTA processes all applications and approves seat assignments for both the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

When assigning students to empty seats, OSTA does not consider applications on a “first come, first serve” basis.  Approval is based on knowledge of the family situation as well as consideration of the following criteria:

·         Grade level (priority given to younger Kindergarten students);

·         Distance from school (furthest to closest);

·         Child care / daycare provider needs;

·         Siblings attending the same school.

·         Date of the application. 

Parents/guardians must first complete and sign the Empty Seat Application Form. 

Each application is emailed to or faxed to 613-224-8840. 

The school will also forward any applications to OSTA.

Parents will receive notification regarding seat assignments either from their child’s school or via the Bus Planner Parent Web Portal, after October 1. Please do not put your child on a bus until the empty seat has been granted and their name appears on a driver’s manifest. This is for your child’s own safety. 

Empty seats will not be assigned until after October 1 of the school year to allow sufficient time to determine the load counts on school buses and the actual number of empty seats that may be available. Students approved under this provision will ride the school bus on a courtesy and space available basis for the current school year only. Students must use the existing bus stop locations that are already in place for the regular eligible riders. No special routing or additional stops will be created for empty seat riders. OSTA reserves the right to withdraw such approval at any time based on changing load count information (for eligible students) and route efficiency requirements.

For more information, see Policies and Procedures > Transportation Services > T1: Access to Empty Seats + (