California Association of School Transportation Officials

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

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

CDPH Guidance | 07/30/2021

The California Department of Public Health has provided the following information in the link below:

K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers  

CDPH FAQs July 30

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

CASBO Transportation Leadership Academy | 8/20/2021 - 05/28/2022

Our Transportation Leadership Academy is designed for school business professionals aspiring to or already working in a transportation management or leadership role who are interested in earning a CASBO Director of Transportation Certification. Supervisors, directors and managers are encouraged to attend.

This intensive program (held one weekend each month for 10 months) offers a collegial and cooperative atmosphere intended to provide the education and networking you need to gain an understanding of the dedication, care and compassion necessary for leadership, as well as the tools necessary to thrive beyond the academic environment.

Get the essential instruction you need to enhance your transportation career … and boost your LEA’s capacity. Watch your inbox and this website for announcements about upcoming CASBO Transportation Leadership Academy sessions!

Learn about and attain proficiency in technical management topics, including:
  • School bus laws and regulations governing operations, instructor certifications, driver training and vehicle maintenance
  • Budget and finance issues, including the Standardized Account Code Structure financial reporting system, operational and capital budgeting, purchasing, inventory, payables and payroll
  • Personnel issues relative to the California Education Code, employment best practices, employee evaluations and leaves, collective bargaining, and conducting investigations
  • Legal issues relative to ethics, sexual harassment training, child abuse reporting, citizen complaints, district policies, board relations, the Brown Act, student discipline and contracting for service
  • School bus operations, best practices and comparative metrics relative to shop operations and vehicle maintenance, facility operations, dispatch and routing, appropriate staffing, driver training and record keeping
  • General management topics such as business writing and presentation skills, as well as enhanced management and situational leadership skills that will enhance your success and that of your transportation department

Use this link to submit your application

This event is application based.

Once you've submitted your application:

1. CASBO will review all submitted applications to determine eligibility for this program. 

2. Candidates will be selected by August 1, 2021. 

3. Candidates will be notified of their selection by August 6th. Upon confirmation, candidates will be registered for the program and full payment will be due by August 20th. 

4. Please have payment ready. An outstanding balance at the time of the program start will result in registration cancellation.

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/

Child Safety Alert Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Presidents Message

Winter 2021

Doesn’t it just amaze you that we are so close to the holidays? This is my favorite time of the year and with that being said I would like to tell our amazing CASTO Executive Board, State Board of Directors and the entire CASTO family how thankful I am for each and every one of you. There really is so much to be thankful for especially when it comes to our health and our freedoms in this great country of the USA. Speaking of being thankful there is one person within CASTO that I would like to highlight. I’m thinking he may call me once he sees this message posted on the CASTO website but that is ok. Mr. Dano Rybar is a CASTO Life Member and works for the California Department of Education at the Office of School Transportation in West Sacramento as a Transportation Programs Consultant. Dano has given up more of his own time for CASTO than anyone could ever imagine. He started “CASTO BINGO” 12 years ago giving up his Sundays to bring in money to support CASTO and our wonderful School Bus ROADEOs. Dano and Ms. Anna Borges, Supervisor of the CDE/OST recently met with the Executive Board last month to tell us some great news. CASTO BINGO brought in enough money to add $25,000 to the State Board savings account and paid $15,450 for all 18 of CASTO’s Chapter insurance payments. Also, $27,971.67 was paid to the Delta by Marriott for CASTO’s cancellation of the Business Management Forum this past October. The Delta by Marriott truly values their relationship with CASTO and were gracious enough to cut the amount owed down from the cancelation fee of $55,943.33. This was great news for CASTO as a whole. Thank you seems very “small” compared to the amount of countless hours and Sundays given up by Dano to help fund one of CASTO’s longest running and exciting events…the School Bus ROADEO! BIG SHOUT OUT to Dano. Thank you a million times over!

I would also like to thank every school bus driver in the state of California for all that you do in keeping our most precious cargo safe getting them to and from school each day. You are all to be commended especially in these trying times of a global pandemic. We appreciate you!

Be on the watch for information about the virtual CASTO State Conference which will be coming very soon.

On behalf of the Executive Board I wish each and everyone of you a safe and restful holiday season and look forward to a wonderful and prosperous new year!

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

Chapter Assignments


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