California Association of School Transportation Officials

All in-person CASTO events for the 2021-2022 fiscal year have been canceled due to COVID

The California Association of School Transportation Officials Annual State Conference date has been changed to: April 30, 2022

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

Industry News

Bus Driver Hailed as Hero!
07/26/2021

Dear CASTO Family,

On Monday, July 26, 2021, a small plane crashed in Truckee. The crash took place at the edge of the Ponderosa Golf Course on Reynold Way. At the same time, one of our Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) bus drivers, Derek Bosserman, was traveling on Reynold Way with eight students and two staff members from a summer program were on board.

The crash happened just 50 feet away from them, (front of the bus) and everyone on the bus was safe. Like all of our school bus drivers, Derek is well trained for emergencies. Despite all that was going on around him, he remained calm and his first priority was his students and their safety. He made sure all of the students were okay and then backed his bus away from the explosion and flames.

The plane crash is a terrible tragedy and we are so grateful that no bystanders were injured. 

The Tahoe Truckee community has expressed their gratitude to Derek and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s Board of Education will recognize his exemplary handling of a very traumatic incident at their next board meeting on August 4, 2021. 

Earlier this year, Derek was named the Transportation Employee of the Year for TTUSD and all of Placer County. 

Safety is a top priority for TTUSD and all of our school bus drivers go through extensive training to be prepared for a situation like this. We are incredibly proud of Derek and his handling of this situation is a testament to the rigor of their training. 

Below is an interview Derek gave to ABC10, aired on Tuesday night at 11:00 p.m.

We are beyond thankful that no students were hurt as a result of this tragic crash.

Truckee plane crash: Bus driver hailed as hero after near miss | abc10.com

Warm regards,


Nanette R. Rondeau

Director of Transportation

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

CASTO Chapter Six President

(530) 550-0740

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 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,  https://www.ngvamerica.org/2019/12/17/ngvamerica-applauds-inclusion-of-aftc-in-year-end-spending-bill/


Presidents Message

Presidents Message: Winter 2022

I hope everyone had the opportunity to spend some much-needed time with family and friends this past holiday season. As the President of CASTO, I am always in awe of the number of amazing things people do for other people. I recently read where a young gentleman gave up his first-class seat and sat in coach on a flight so that an 88-year-old woman could experience a dream she has always wanted to fly first class. This past holiday season, there were a whole bunch of Santa’s helpers that gave time, talent, and monetary donations to a program that Chapter 2 calls “Miss Piggy.” Miss Piggy was formed over 35 years ago by a driver instructor named Terry Gate. She had a son with disabilities, and his name was Teddy. They have both since passed away.

I’m the current Chapter 2 coordinator of the Miss Piggy program in coordination with the Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC). Each November, we tell the representative how many “wish cards” we would like sent to us. Most years range from 40-75 individuals with disabilities. The wish cards have three wishes for an individual who has been orphaned or abandoned and has no family. This program is so near and dear to so many of us. Every year we make sure each individual gets all three wishes on their wish card. Some of their wishes are so insignificant. They ask for things like t-shirts, underwear, socks, and sweats. The outpouring of support is always overwhelming, and 2021 was no surprise. Chapter 2 was able to give all three wishes and a $20 gift card to McDonald’s to each of the 40 individuals. The outpouring of giving never ceases to amaze me. Are any of you involved with any programs like this, such as “stuff a bus” or a “toy drive”? If not, I urge you to get involved, whether it’s helping to shop, wrap gifts, a $5 donation, or coordinating a care or giving program. We all love stories of people helping people.

Cordially,

Matt Thomas

2021-2022 CASTO State President

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

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CASTO's Official Address

CASTO

PO Box 348120

Sacramento, CA 95834

CASTO 2020 Safety Poster Contest Winner


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


CASTO Bingo is held at 7919 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

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