California Association of School Transportation Officials

Welcome to the California Association of School Transportation Officials "CASTO" webpage. Here you will be able to sign up, renew, or update your membership, register for upcoming events and receive important information in regards to California's School Pupil Transportation Industry.

Upcoming events

Legislative Report

During the 53rd Annual Conference, CASTO's Legislative Analyst, Nico Chavez provided a comprehensive Legislative Report.  Click here to download the slides from his presentation. 

Legislative Report CASTO - April 2021.pdf

Why Should You Be a CASTO Member?

This document will aid you with answering the question..."Why should I be a CASTO Member?"

Why CASTO.pdf

CASTO 2020 Safety Poster Contest Winner

Bethany Smith, 7th Grade
Bridgeville Elementary School
Bridgeville, California

Industry News

The CASTO Road Map on Guidance to Reopening Pupil Transportation

The original version of The CASTO Road Map on Guidance to Reopening Pupil Transportation was released on August 21, 2020.  This living document is intended to provide recommendations and guidelines for best practices to build sustainable mitigation efforts against COVID-19 for the safe operation of school buses in the State of California during this pandemic.  On January 14, 2021 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released additional guidance in their document COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-2021 School Year.  Guidance in this document produced the following changes and additions of The CASTO Road Map on Guidance to Reopening Pupil Transportation.

Road Map on Guidance to Reopening Pupil Transportation

California Department of Education Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of Schools

This guidance was created through the statewide reopening schools task force that fostered a collaborative process for our educators and stakeholders to lend their important voices. Also informed by the technical assistance and advice of many health and safety organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the intent of this document is to be a guide for the local discussion on safely reopening schools.


California Department of Education Virtual Training

CDE IB 20-66 Virtual Training.pdf

Local Chapter Events

Are you in need of in-service training?  Looking for more information regarding local School Bus training events?  Head over to our Chapter Events Page to see what's going on in your area.

Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (AFTC)

The Alternative Fuels Tax Credit for natural gas vehicles and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Tax Credit for natural gas refueling stations has been extended.  With this credit, America's school districts can provide exhaust-free rides to school.  The program provides for retroactive claims for 2018, 2019 and is extended out to December 31, 2020.  For more information, please visit,

Child Safety Alert Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to view the FAQ from the California Highway Patrol.  

President's Message


Although times were very different, I was fortunate to serve as your CASTO State 1st Vice President this past year. Who would have thought any of us would have lived long enough to see a global pandemic? If you told me we would, I would not have believed you. Even though this new way of living has been crazy, I tried my hardest to make the best of it and to help others see the positive things by telling them, “We are all still alive, breathing, and have our health.” Another common statement made by many of us in the CASTO world was, “Thank goodness we had the annual CASTO State Conference in February 2020!” When I headed home from Sacramento, it felt as if I walked off the plane and COVID-19 was all over the news. Since becoming a CASTO member 13 years ago, it felt strange having the 52nd Annual State Conference in the month of February, but I am so grateful we had the opportunity to see one another before the world experienced something like never before. Many people attended the conference and everyone had an amazing time celebrating the 50th anniversary of the California Department of Education, Office of School Transportation. Having the opportunity to see this amazing industry and all the valued Instructors who are highly respected, is always a treat.

Who would have thought we would be holding our next annual conference “virtually?” Even though it was so different, it felt normal since we have all been doing so much business virtually. With that in mind, I was so happy to see the great turnout and hear so many positive compliments about the first virtual conference – our 53rd Annual State Conference. We received so many wonderful comments in the “chat” when keynote speaker Ryan Avery showed us how to be “THE” leader instead of “A” leader. We also received raving remarks about Ross Bernstein’s program describing how the DNA of sports champions is unique and listened to his way of relating it back to the business world. Both speakers provided such awesome and inspiring messages!

I look forward to working with the newly elected CASTO State Board: Mike, Kerri, Christina, Amanda, Angeles, and Tony. I am excited to work with the most talented and hard-working individuals to plan our next Mechanic’s Workshop, Business Management Forum, State Conference, and Roadeos.


Matt Thomas, 2021-2022 CASTO State President

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CASTO's Official Address


PO Box 348120

Sacramento, CA 95834 | 855.227.8668

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