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Important Transportation Update - Bus Route Cancellations

Important Transportation Update - Bus Route Cancellations
Posted on 09/11/2020
Important Transportation Update - Bus Route Cancellations

Today, the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) shared an important update for OCDSB families. 


Due to severe driver shortages, some yellow bus routes will be cancelled for OCDSB students, starting Sept. 14th. In addition, the agency also noted that some grade 7-12 students have been transitioned to public transit.


The full list of cancelled routes according to school can be found at this link. Students affected will need to find alternative transportation to school.


Due to continued uncertainty, OSTA warned that further routes may need to be cancelled. Parents should sign up to the OSTA Parent Portal to receive latest updates, including bus cancellations, and confirm the status of your child’s bus route.


Traffic Safety


With more parents dropping their children off at school, OSTA has put together walking route maps to help children walk to school safely. If possible, parents are asked to consider parking a few blocks away from the school to help avoid congestion near the school. It’s also important to remind your child about traffic safety when walking or biking to school.


The Ottawa Police Service has also shared the following safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:

  • Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic;
  • Obey school bus signals;
  • Watch for pedestrian crossovers, know how they work and obey them when in use;
  • Walk on available sidewalks;
  • Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so;
  • Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals; and,
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway.

 

 

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