Dear Parents and Guardians:
OSTA is now responsible for managing all applications, approvals and assignments for empty seats (courtesy seating).  A link to the application form is available at the bottom of this page.
Students applying for an empty seat for the 2017-18 school year, should send their forms directly to OSTA via email at emptyseat@ottawaschoolbus.ca, or fax their form to 613-224-8840.  If parents cannot access email or fax, the school will be happy to send your completed form to OSTA on your behalf.  All of the regular parameters for empty seat qualification and processing remain the same:
1.    Annual application process.
2.    Any student not eligible for motorized transportation may apply for an empty seat.
3.    No new stops, or route changes, will be created.
4.    In the case where the number of applications exceeds the number of available seats, priority will be given:
a.    to youngest students at farthest distances,
b.    to those with challenging daycare issues,
c.    to siblings of students on the bus and,
d.     to students on cross-boundary transfers. 
5.    Only available on yellow bus.
6.    Students on empty seats may be displaced by other eligible students throughout the year.
7.    Each student will only be assigned to ONE empty seat.
8.    OSTA will process any applications for the current 2016-17 school year as soon as they are received (providing there is room on the bus). 
9.    OSTA will begin assignment for the 2017-18 school year as of October 1 2017. Schools have been advised not to place students on buses until OSTA has officially assigned them, for the safety of your child.Final seat assignments may be viewed on the Bus Planner Parent Web Portal.
More information is available for parents at www.ottawaschoolbus.ca